• Here’s a quick and easy way to solo over chord progressions

    solosmall.jpgLately, I’ve been having a good time talking about minor keys, scales, and chords! And today, I’m going to show you how to actually use one of the minor scales we’ve been talking about in real-life situations.

    Theory is great! It helps you to understand the “what” and “why” behind things. But I’m going to show you how it also allows you to systemically pick what scales to improvise with over certain progressions. It’s not guesswork. There’s actually systems behind a lot of it…

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    Have you learned these harmonic minor seventh chords yet?

    harmonicchors-small.jpgI promised you that I’d cover the seventh chords of the harmonic minor scale next so here we go!

    First, let’s review how we came up with the triads. We started with our C harmonic minor scale (which is essentially the same as the natural minor scale except that the 7th tone is raised a half step).

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    Warning: Play these harmonic minor chords at your own risk

    chords101picsmall.jpgToday, I’m going to introduce you to the corresponding chords of the harmonic minor scale. As you know, the harmonic minor scale is basically the same as the natural minor scale except that it has a raised 7th tone.

    You’ve already learned the corresponding chords of the natural minor scale in prior posts. Now, let’s build the chords for the harmonic scale.

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