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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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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Bored with Arpeggios? Try this.

Here is a chart showing all the inversions of a 7th arpeggio. The column on the left starts on the root of the arpeggio, the second column starts on the 3rd, the third column starts on the 5th, and the fourth column starts on the 7th.  There are 24 inversions [...]
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Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

Arpeggios are the  notes of a chord played one after another rather than ringing out together. The great advantage of using arpeggios in your improvisations is that you can directly spell out the chord changes (and always sound good), or add more colour by superimposing an arpeggio over a different [...]
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