Blues soloing part 5, The Bebop dominant scale

In Blues soloing part 3, we looked at the mixolydian mode of the major scale in the context of improvising over unaltered dominant chords. Because chords tend to change on the first and third beats of the bar, placing chord tones on these beats really helps to outline the chord progression in [...]
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Melodic minor scale construction

The melodic minor scale is one of the most commonly used in jazz. Constructing it is easy if you already know the major scale or the dorian mode. The C major scale is comprised of the following notes C D E F G A B. The melodic minor has the [...]
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Blues soloing part 4

In our last installment we looked at the mixolydian mode, the fifth mode of the major scale and applied it to our I, IV, AND V chords. This time, we’re going to apply arpeggios to the three chords in our progression. The G7 arpeggio contains the notes G B D F. The [...]
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Classic Gypsy Jazz diminished lick

This is a classic must know lick that sounds great when played with dominant 7 type chords. Guaranteed to confer an instant Gypsy sound to your solo.  It employs a technique known as sweep picking, where the pick moves in one direction across the strings. The picking is up, down, [...]
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