Blues soloing part 6, the melodic minor scale.

In this part of our series on Blues soloing, we will look at the use of the melodic minor scale when improvising over Dom7 chords. This is a very useful sound in a Jazz type blues, but it just might sound a bit out of context in a John Lee Hooker tune. For our I chord G7, (G9, G13) we [...]
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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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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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Blues soloing part 3

In blues soloing part 2 we looked at alternative pentatonic scales to play over unaltered dominant 7 chords.  This time we take a look at the mixolydian mode, the fifth mode of the major scale. Here’s our basic G blues progression again.   Even though we’re in the key of [...]
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Blues Soloing part 2

In our first blues soloing post we looked at the minor pentatonic and blues scales. These scales work well over the whole basic 3 chord progression, but if we want to address the chords more specifically as they change we need to look at other options. The IV chord C7 [...]
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Blues soloing part 1

Here is the basic blues chord progression in the key of G. The two scales in this post will work for the whole progression. The first option is to use the G minor pentatonic scale.  The chart below shows the five positions of the scale . The second is to use the G [...]
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