Parallel minor applications

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Red Wonder, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. I'm curious as to when the parallel minor would be the appropriate flavor to a given passage as opposed to, say, a mode from the key signature.

    Sometimes when I throw in a parallel minor it really enhances the measure and other times it seems to not fit.
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    You answered your own question. use them when they fit, don't use them when they don't.
  3. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    It all depends on the melody the chords are supposed to accompany, the exact notes, how long they are, and how they're placed. I really don't recall any rules of thumb, sometimes the parallel minor chord will sound good and sometimes it won't.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    What notes are you using? There are notes shared by each and notes that are going to produce half step tensions. They may be "working" because of voicing (you're playing it high enough that it sounds like a tension rather than a chord tone) or because whoever the chordal instrument is, they're playing an ambiguous enough harmony that you don't clash.

    If the chord is an A major 7 and you're playing material from an A natural minor, I guess the question is, what sound are you going for?