in today's poor economy, my playing economy is suffering too.
can someone point me to some help in making smooth chord transitions
especially when a lot of fast changes come up.  i know that inversions
can help, and that maybe i am playing too many notes.
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i have to use inversions to make changes, especially where speed is concerned, it's the economy of movement. i also omit notes as is necessary, especially as i get older and my fingers don't move quite as well as they once did (cortisone injections really helped in the short term, but that's not good for the connective tissue in the long haul). look to see where the music is going and charting a path through the changes will help. i always start slow and make sure i have the changes down before upping the tempo, i know you can't always do that but try it at least when practicing. never give up, maybe just play real minimal voicings when necessary. a teacher would definitely help if you don't already have one. i hope this helps a little.
i am not sure of your question ... but there is the subject of simplifying changes.  for example just like you can add the ii chord before any v chord you can also subtract it.  there are other ways to dimplify chord progresions as well.  for example:  the standard "i've got rhythm"  starts with a i vi ii v  over 2 measures   or bb g-7 /
c-7 f7/  a way to simplify or "economize here is to first of get rid of the ii chord  then the vi chord is really unecessary too.  so we end up  with just 2 chourd instead of 4.   i  and v.  the bare basics
usually you can break tunes down to just these basick chords ... the tonic, sub dominiant and dominant chords.  in this example i've got rhythm we start with bb  / f7  /   now   much easier to play than the i vi ii v we started with.
many thanks guys.  along with sight reading this is a real challenge.
i'll get started on your suggestions.
or do the opposite,  play the same voicing you use for the ii chord over both the ii and the v.  technically you're substituting a sus7 chord for the v7,  but for practical purposes you can simplify  
id-7 g7ic      i  

down to just  
id-7      ic       i

works well on tunes like "moment's notice" where you have lots of ii-v's in different keys coming at you at a fast clip.
good point jw.  that is a good way to come up with 4th voicings too.
convert the ii v into one minor 7 chord.  then find the corresponding 4ht voicing for that minor 7 chord and there you have it a nice 4th voicing to pound on for the entire duration of the ii v.
then tunes like giant steps instead of being a series of ii v's can be a series of 4th voicings to pound on.  praise the lord.
hallelujah.  let us pound on together.
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