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Jazz chord progression (DIATONIC) ? Theroy

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by musical09, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. musical09


    Oct 23, 2012
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    Musician talk
    Hey guys please HELP me HERE!!!!!!!!!! im lost in the wind when it comes to playing/improvising over jazz fusion / jazz progressions because the chord harmony seems more complex I know the basic 7 major modes . IM thinking this tune key of Bb major gmin ?
    gmin/ amin/ dmin/ ebmaj /E? /B? / abmaj/ gmin ??? OR how would i really improvise over this tune Gretchen parlato-(WEAK)


  2. mflaherty


    Oct 9, 2001
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  3. FusionJamTracks


    Oct 25, 2012
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    Depends on your knowledge. Improvising on something like this is not for the faint of hear whom has no music theory knowledge... but Do you know your major and minor pent scales inside out up down forward and back?

    If so, a starting point atleast... would be to write out the scale that goes with each of those chords... and then simplify each scale into any pentatonic scale that they might contain (if they do).

    So let me tear this apart quickly...

    On ALL of these chords, you could start by just improvising on the 3 or 4 chord tones of each chord, but that won't last...so here's a pentatonic analysis, from just one persons point of view...;-)

    F#/D = D E F# G A B C# D (d major scale)

    So on that chord you could play D major pent, or Bm pentatonic (both the same 5 notes, which ever you 'think' is easier)

    Gm7 = G A Bb C D E F G (G Dorian scale)

    So on that you could play G minor pentatonic.

    Am7 = A B C D E F# G A (A Dorian)

    So on that you could play A minor pentatonic.

    Dm7 = D E F G A B C D (D Dorian)

    So on that you could play D minor pentatonic.

    EbMaj7 = Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb (Eb Major scale)
    = Eb F G A Bb C D Eb (Eb Lydian, more beautiful, and the only non-diatonic example so far)

    So on that you could just play Eb Major Pentatonic, or C Minor pentatonic (both the same 5 notes, which ever you 'think' is easier.)

    Em9 = E F# G A B C# D E (E Dorian)

    So on that you could just play E minor Pentatonic

    Bm7 = B C# D E F# G# A B (B Dorian)

    So on that you could just play B minor pentatonic

    Bbmaj7 = Bb C D Eb F G A Bb (Bb Major Scale)
    = Bb C D E F G A Bb (Bb Lydian, more beautiful)

    Gm7 = Same as previous Gm7

    Thats where i would ultimately start if i really wanted to study this tune. I might even look through the above info and see which notes are shared between multiple chords, so that they can be put to easy use..

    If Pentatonic gets to easy for that (unlikely), then ad the 2 notes to make it its diatonic scale which i outlined. But in this song, your not likely to get more than 2-4 notes PER chord in most spots, and so trying to improvise with 7 notes, and pick only 2-4 in no time at all, can overwhelm.

    However, on that note, this whole message can overwhelm, because i have no idea if you know what a pentatonic scale is! hehe ;-)

    My youtube channel is www.youtube.com/FusionJamTracks

    come and say hi anytime. I have Jam Tracks that could help you with each of these individual chords.

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