Archive Monthly Archives: October 2012

Jazz Guitar Standards – Impressions – Modal improvisation transcription

I transcribed another solo from Tony Greaves. This modal tune moves between Dm7 and Ebm7. You can analyze the solo and see how each note fits over the chord. Notice triads and pentatonic patterns as well.

Here’s the tab:


Modal Tune Transcription

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Jazz Guitar Standards – All The Things You Are Transcription

I transcribed the solo to ATTYA by Tony Greaves in his excellent Pentatonics lessons.

There are some great things to take note of such as:

-chromatic encircling of chord tone before ascending the triad (eg. Db triad over Bbm7, Eb triad over Eb7 encircling the 5th in both cases)
-Triads over Cmajor7 chord – C major triad, D major triad giving you the #11 (F#) for Lydian sound.
-pentatonic lines over the ii-V-Is (Am7-D7-Gmaj7) and F#m7-B7-Emaj7 with 5th and 4th intervals

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Jazz Guitar Lesson – Soloing using Pentatonics

As rock players many of us know a pentatonic box or two. But there is more we can do with our knowledge of pentatonics. We can apply different minor pentatonic scales over chords to target certain chord tones or altered tones. Below is an example of a Am7-D7-Gmaj7 progression (ii-V-I) using the following minor pentatonic scales. I transcribed this from Tony Greaves on YouTube you can check out his excellent lessons on pentatonics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf0Ks8-g3sU

Am7 – our friend A minor pentatonic
D7 – F minor pentatonic (this gives us #9, #11, #5, b9)
Gmaj7 – F# minor pentatonic – a Lydian sound due to #11 which is C# as well as 9

Notice the use of sequences (pentatonic patterns). Try making up your own phrases using these scales. You can also try Em pentatonic over Am7 (up a 5th) and Bm pentatonic over Gmaj7. Experiment with other pentatonics as well especially over the D7.

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See tab below:
ii-V-I_pentatonics

Update: here’s another tab of Tony’s soloing featuring pentatonics over a ii-V-I in G major. Same idea with the superimposed minor pentatonics. You might start to see similarities in each phrase/solo as you study this. ii-V-I Pentatonics cont’d

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