This is my practice routine for getting altered dominant (#5, #9 chords specifically) rootless closed-voicing chords, and diminished whole-tone scales (sometimes referred to as the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale) under my fingers and in my brain. You can get such a hip sound in your playing if you understand how these notes function in each key.
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This is what I think about scales. What are they good for? When should you use them? Which ones should you use? My philosophy about these questions and how I teach my students to learn and use scales. See also How to practice major scales.
The bebop scale is a descending major scale, with a flatted seventh added that is typically used over a dominant or V7 chord when improvising. Let's make sure we know how to finger it.
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Are you tired of using your same old blues improv ideas? Take your ideas to the next level by adding a lick taken from the diminished scale to your playing.
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The key to understanding music theory, lies behind your knowledge of the 12 major scales. Learn fingerings, practice methods, and little tricks to help you remember the notes as I walk you through the scales, as I learned them. A guide on how to practice major scales. By Aimee Nolte.
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Do you ever wonder if you should write an F# or a Gb? Well, let's take care of that RIGHT NOW. Hang out with me and let's talk about how to spell scales and chords. There might not be a more fun way to spend 20 minutes.
From my vacation spot in Watsonville, CA where we have a fun little lesson about how to sing the dominant chords on the bridge of Rhythm Changes, using the bebop scale.
A very very easy way of looking at the modes of the major scale. What are they? How do you play them and use them and transpose them? I do my best to answer all of these questions and a few more.