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Dominant 7 Alt Chord Workout

This is our Dominant 7 Alt Chord Workout in our series of Jazz Chord Workouts. What is and Dominant 7 Alt Chord? Also known as an altered chord, It’s a dominant 7 chord which includes one or more alterations to its diatonic chord tones.  These alterations are most often b5, #5, #9, b9. Dominant 7 Altered chords are commonly used as a V chord leading to the I. This exercise helps you practice these chords in all 12 keys.  It cycles through the Circle of 4ths (C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E-A-D-G) and each chord is played for 8 bars.  Use the chord charts below to guide you and use the play-along to practice!

Chord Charts

Dominant 7 Alt Chord Workout C Instruments

Dominant 7 Alt Chord Workout Bb Instruments

Dominant 7 Alt Chord Workout Eb Instrument


Practice another workout:

Major 7 Chord Workout

Major 7(b5) Chord Workout

Minor 7 Chord Workout

Minor(Major7) Chord Workout

Dominant 7 Chord Workout

Dominant 7(Alt) Chord Workout

Dominant 7(#11) Chord Workout

Half-Diminished Chord Workout

Diminished 7 Chord Workout

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Thanks for this! Could I ask what alt chord you’re actually playing? Is the idea that we can play any alteration with this backing? like b9 or #9? Thanks a lot 🙂


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