Lesson 2 – Chord Sequence 1 – Part 1 – (Bb Instruments)
Studying this lesson will improve:
Your ability to play with a swing feel
Your knowledge of pentatonic scales and chords
Your knowledge of 7 and 8 note scales
Your listening skills
Your reading skills
First, follow the attachment link.
Let us look at the first chord – Amin7b5
You will notice that there is an ‘extra’ note in this chord voicing – the 11th (or the 4th step of the scale).
This is so that we can ‘relate’ the chord to one of our 4 types of pentatonic (5 note) scales.
The pentatonic we are using here is a C major pentatonic, with the 3rd flattened.
C D Eb G A
A C D Eb G
Now the second chord – D7b13b9
The pentatonic we are using here is a Eb major pentatonic, with the 3rd flattened.
Eb F Gb Bb C
Eb E# F# Bb C
…And the 3rd chord – G-
The pentatonic we are using here is a Bb major pentatonic, the relative major.
Bb C D F G
We could also use the F or C Pentatonics.
What voicings would they produce?
Improvise on bars 1 – 4, using all of the chord voicings (pentatonic scales) above.