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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