Jazz Musician

Avoid

Out

Out

1  5  3  b7  9  13  #11  b9  #9 b13 11  7

Consonance

Color L2

Clarity

Consonance

Bebop

1  5  3  7  9  13  #11  b13  #9  b9  11  b7

Out Level 1

Color L1

Avoid

Consonance

Bebop

Out Level 2

Dominant 7 Sus4 Chords

Out Level 1

 1  5  3  b7  b9  #11 13 #9 b13  9 11  7

In

Contrary to popular belief, not all notes are created equal.  Notes, in the context of scale degrees, obviously change based on the chord at the given moment.  Below I have taken standard Jazz chords and arranged the 12 scale degrees from most consonant to most dissonant.  I have also assigned adjectives to groups of notes help describe the "feeling" that the notes can create.  I obviously know there are a million and two ways to change and rethink chord changes, but this theory can be applied over the given change you are thinking.  If you change the chords in the your head, the theory still applies to the new change, but you better play clearly (in) if you want people to understand.   Any questions or comments don't be afraid to contact me, I love new ideas and input.

In

Out Level 1

Blues

Consonance

Consonance

Color

Clarity

Consonance

Blues

Major 7 Chords

Dominant 7 Chords

 1   5  11  b7  9 13  3  b3  b13   #11 b9 7

Color

Half Diminished 7 Chords

In

L2

Avoid

Color

1  5  b3 b7  11  9  13  b13 #11  7  b9 3

Joe's Scale Degree Chord Theory

Bebop

Minor 7 Chords

Clarity

Out

Clarity

Out

Clarity

Out Level 1

In

Out

In

In

 1  b3 b5  b7  11 b9  9   13  b13  5  7  3

Avoid

Color

Bebop

Out

Avoid

Dominant 7 b9 Chords

Avoid

Clarity

Color