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Playing lead/ Key of Gmaj.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:45 pm    Post subject: Playing lead/ Key of Gmaj. Reply with quote

The key of G Major lays out well on the neck. So, in the key G Major, the notes are G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G. Each mode then begins on one of these notes, ok here's the question. When I'm playing a song like "Autumn Leaves" which begins with Am7 D7 GM7 CM7, this is the scale I play Gmaj., I do change at the bridge to a Dminor pentatonic. As I am a beginner in playing jazz lead guitar I'd like to hear some different views on what scales are played by others... Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im not the best person to ask about this but the way i look at it is this.....dont play scales first off. if you want some type of structure to think of while you practice then try this....thing major, minor , and dominant....dont think modes... play any type of "like" scale over any like chord. OR maybe like what i have been practiceing lately is playing the "key" notes of the chord im in at the moment and just improving over those notes...even if its just the 3rd and 7th of the chord...just practice feeling your away around the chord and the how it progresses into the next chord. Remeber scales are helping hands in practice used only for understanding a view not for expressing emotion. hope that helps you. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanx for the input Guest, are there any others who have advice for someone learning to play lead?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I'm playing a song like "Autumn Leaves" which begins with Am7 D7 GM7 CM7, this is the scale I play notes from= Gmaj., I do change at the bridge to notes from the Dminor pentatonic. As I am a beginner in playing jazz lead guitar I'd like to hear some different views on what scales are played by others...

I guess I didn't explain myself correctly in my first post, there is a bridge in the song that goes to Dmaj7 Eb9 Am7 Ab7-5 and that's where I play notes from the Dminor pentatonic, just notes from it... Most people just play and just know by ear what will sound right, which I do at times myself but, my question is more toward guitarist who can explain musically what they are improvising with... thanx in advance, I'm just looking for ideas... I want to improve my lead playing ability, I do fine with blues, the IV V I turnaround, but the jazz ii V I is where it becomes dificult for me... Cool Cool Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 4:01 pm    Post subject: playing lead/G Maj Reply with quote

To add something different than just the Gmaj scale, when you get to the V chord, in this case D7, move up a half step and play Eb minor pentatonic. All the notes in this scale are a half-step away from Gmaj chord tones and easily resolve into that chord. Also,on any of the minor chords, ii, iii, and vi you can use a blues scale based on the roots of the chords. I wouldn't over do it, though. Don't use it every time.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alfonso,
Take a look at my posts in the ii-V-I topic and the Avoid note topic,
I have posted the most of my ways of thinking in jazz improvisation, and its all applied in a ii V I situation....

.....Let me just give you a hint. You should really get your ii-V-i stuff made clear, because thats the easy part in music, the ''difficult '' part is in the more contemporary jazz, where you have a ''time to breath'' only when a ii V I appears..... Wink
....Bjorn....



alfonso wrote:
When I'm playing a song like "Autumn Leaves" which begins with Am7 D7 GM7 CM7, this is the scale I play notes from= Gmaj., I do change at the bridge to notes from the Dminor pentatonic. As I am a beginner in playing jazz lead guitar I'd like to hear some different views on what scales are played by others...

I guess I didn't explain myself correctly in my first post, there is a bridge in the song that goes to Dmaj7 Eb9 Am7 Ab7-5 and that's where I play notes from the Dminor pentatonic, just notes from it... Most people just play and just know by ear what will sound right, which I do at times myself but, my question is more toward guitarist who can explain musically what they are improvising with... thanx in advance, I'm just looking for ideas... I want to improve my lead playing ability, I do fine with blues, the IV V I turnaround, but the jazz ii V I is where it becomes dificult for me... Cool Cool Cool
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