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Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

Two-Hand piano voicings are essential for jazz pianists when comping behind melodists and soloists.  This is an short “encyclopedia” with 1-2 voicings for most of the chords jazz pianists are likely to encounter.

This handout is the second in a two-part series of reference voicings for the jazz pianist.  The first handout is the Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicing.  Those left-hand voicings are useful when the pianist is 1) soloing with their right hand, 2) playing the melody, or when they are 3) playing bass lines in their left hand (like a jazz organist).

In reality, you should know more than 1-2 voicings for each chord, but this handout is a solid reference for jazz pianists in need of some good voicings.  For instance, a jazz pianist in a jazz band or jazz combo could keep these two handouts with the rest of their music for when they need to figure out how to voice a chord.  Band directors could also give these handouts as a reference to their jazz pianists to help them learn to voice chords.  Arrangers and non-pianists can also benefit from knowing these chords.  Feel free to share!

PDF Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 1

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 2

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 3

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 4

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 5

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 6

Encyclopedia of Left Hand Voicings 7r

Encyclopedia of Left Hand Voicings 8b

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 8

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 9

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 10

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 11

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Voicings 12

Camden Hughes
Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


  1. So I am a bit new to this, but why does the C Major 7th here have a D note in it? I thought that would have been a ninth or something.

    • I'm still learning too so this is my best explanation: the pianist doesn't usually play the root note because that's up to the bassist (although, they can do whatever they want too), and the 9th is usually implied in a chord for the pianist.

    • the D is the 9th of the chord. adding tension ninths is a very common thing in jazz. Sometimes we also play it even though it is not written. Say Cmajor 7 on the leadsheet but I would play E G B D as my voicing. The important thing is that you have to know well enough how does the voicing sound to you.


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