i just don't get it. what is an upper structur. where do i use it and what is it for. can you give examples ? also tunes where they are used.

thx folks !
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9ths, 11ths and 13ths are the upper structures.

they are added for color. they do not change the quality of the chord (major, minor, dominant, diminished, half-diminished).

9ths can be natural, raised or lowered.

11ths can be natural (perfect), or raised (augmented).

13ths can be natural or lowered.
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in addition to what 7 said, there's the concept of upper structure voicings.  
could be defined as any major or minor triad on top of a tritone. except those triads that contain notes 1/2 above the tritone.  

so for example i was trying to transcribe aebersold on autumn leaves. you know how it goes gm7 then sometimes g7. i couldn't make sense of what he played. turned out to be  
f b eb ab b
which is an ab- triad over f-b tritone.
the rest of the a section he was playing more or less standard rootless voicings. i guess he added this for color.
check this out for some discussion and example on upper structure usage


here's an article on upper structure

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