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Playing The Changes – Putting It All Together

In this series of videos, we look at how to play the changes to a song and be able to play melodic lines that smoothly flow over changing chords.

In part four, we put everything together and play over the changes in a 12-bar blues.

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  1. Greg
    Posted 25 July, 2016 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Taka
    I figured it out.
    Take away the weak notes from a Cmin7 (Tonic and 5th = Pentatonic major.)
    C D Eb F G A Bb C take away C and G
    = D Eb F A Bb

    C Eb F G Bb = (C minor pentatonic)take away C and G = three remaining pentatonic notes of
    Eb F Bb but you still use the Tonic and 5th on upbeats for example.

    Therefore the 1 b3 5 b7 (chord tones) and three remaining b3 4 b7 are all strong notes of the pentatonic minor.The minor pentatonic is related.

    This is only my opinion but I beleive it has merit.
    What do you think about my opinion
    Greg Ellis

  2. Greg
    Posted 25 July, 2016 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Further note
    Major pentatonic notes are more dominant than Minor Pentatonic notes in one7 four7 and five7
    chords…but both pentatonics can be recognized in these chord changes

  3. Posted 25 July, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    You can think of things this way, but you might be over-complicating things a bit 🙂

    Look at this:
    minor dom7……..C.Eb…G.Bb
    minor pentatonic..C.Eb.F.G.Bb

    The notes are nearly the same.

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