Originally Posted by iwearpumas
Hey Mr. Grey, I also sent a facebook message. My question was regarding the soloing over the chords. Why did you choose those specific scales to use over the given chords? Is there a specific scale that are suppposed to be played over chords?
I think it's really useful to understand the colors of different chord scales and how they sound against chords.
For example if I'm playing over a CMaj7 chord vamp I may decide to use notes from the G Major (Ionian) scale because there is no avoid notes.
When I say Avoid notes I mean the notes that rub against the chord which would be an F if I'm thinking C Ionian. The note F rubs against the major 3rd Chord Tone which is E in Cmaj7.
Generally a note a whole step above a Chord Tone sounds nice as a tension or color.
I generally use Dorian when I'm playing a Minor 7 Vamp. The 6th degree is a whole step above the 5th and sounds really nice as a color. C-7 with tension 13 (A) sounds nice if we used the Chord Scale C Aeolian or Natural Minor we would get that Ab which sounds a bit harsh against the chord.
However if I'm improvising over a standard then I'm thinking in more diatonic colors.
Hope that helped. I go through this a lot in my system.