i am looking for a good way to learn upper structure chords, in a way that is musical and interesting (as opposed to just practicing each chord). perhaps something like a set of turnarounds or 251s or other progressions, with upper structures added, that sound cool.  

any suggestions?

thanks,
ed
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the only interesting way that i know for practicing anything is to apply whatever it is to many tunes. the tune famous for upper structures is mirror mirror.
i think its' a good idea to practice things in context,not just us but anything that can be applied to it's actual usage(i.e. voicings in context of a tune etc.)..for us i'd use cadences (dom-tonic)..as far the root movement of each,i posted a thread a while back dealing with this..i'll look for it a little later on.........
jazz+, thanks, i could not find a lead sheet for mirror, mirror, but then discovered that levine's book has an arrangement of it, using lots of us.

smg, thanks, lots of good stuff in those threads.  

ed
minor blues. treat the home tonality as melodic minor, then you have lots of us possibilities.

take don grolnick's nothing personal (fast double-length g minor blues) as an example.  

over the first four bars: g minor-major. the key to this sound is using a d major us triad - effectively what you're doing is including the triad of the v chord along with the sound of the i. that's what makes the melodic minor tonic sound - it contains the seeds of its own resolution. you can also use a c major triad, leading into...

bars 5-6: move to c something - c what? try out c7+11, which is from the same parent scale and features the same us d major us triad. bars 7-8: back to g melodic minor.

bars 9-10: minor blues turnaround. eb7 something, d7 something. try both as alt chords and use the following us triads:
over eb7alt: a and b triads
over d7alt: ab and bb triads

(or, to vary, play a half-dim to d7alt and over the a half-dim play
g and f triads.)

bars 11-12: back to g melodic minor.

j
online is a lot of stuff re-us too if you want to search...........
those are very useful examples impromptu, thanks.
here's a simple ex. of using us as an "extension" of the dom7 voicing concept-
d/c f ab-g/b f ab (dmin7b5-g7alt)---drop the f down a half-step to e on the v7,now you've got e/g.........
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