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Scales over chords

Discussion in 'Ask Tony Grey' started by iwearpumas, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. iwearpumas

    iwearpumas Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Middletown, NY
    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?
  2. tony grey

    tony grey

    Oct 2, 2006
    Endorsements; Yamaha, Fodera, Aguilar, TC Electronic, Peterson, Zoom
    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.

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