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Using major pentatonic b6 for altered chords

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The dominant 7th chord has the ability to take all kinds of disonance. You can pretty much play a half step wrong and still get some acceptable sounds in certain situations, but let’s look at a more systematic way to play out on the dominant chord. The symbol for an C altered chord is: C7(b9, […]

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Tritone substitutions

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The II V I in the key of C is normally expressed as Dmin, G7, Cmaj7. What you’ll find is, that the dominant chord’s ability to take disonance is much greater than any other chord. The first simple trick to get yourself some more outside notes is the tritone substitution. The way this works, is […]

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How to apply pentatonic major to ii V I progressions

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Now that we know how major pentatonic applies to all the different modes, let’s look at how these scales apply to a II V I progression. In the user friendly key of C, the progression would be Dm G7 Cmaj7. The Dm chord is your dorian chord, so the choices for major pent are bIII/I […]