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alterations and all that good stuff

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2005 8:03 pm    Post subject: alterations and all that good stuff Reply with quote

i just figured somthin out the other day while playing and concentrating on playing the alterations like b9's and #5's and all the others over dominant 7 chords and was playing just over a D7 vamp i recorded on my loop station....ive been playin all the modern triad stuff over 7 chords to get alterations and extensions but im starting to get out of that and know what note is what in realation to the chord but i found that instead of trying to make things complicated with the harmonic minor and melodic minor and all that you can just play the major scale a half-step lower than the root of the 7 chord your playing over (for example over a D7, to get the alterations plus the b7 and maj 3 play a Db major scale....use the Db as a passing tone and the the alterations it gives you in order are b9, #9, 3, b5, #5, b7, 7).....i was wondering if anyone else thought that way and if not then maybe it will help....its very helpful for playing over the V chord in a V-I progression because it goes into the major scale very smoothly so for example when playing over the progression D7-Gmaj7 you could use the scales Db major - G major
any comments are appreciated
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am definatly on this one.....
To deal with a ii-V-I in G, I like to play lines like:
A Cmajor idea over the ii chord ,aeolian sound, then the same line up a half step over the V chord, the altered sound, and finaly up another half step to Dmajor, the lydian sound over GM7.
Because its not very difficult to play the same line 3 times just moving it up a half step, I like to take this approach a little futher.
After playing the first line over the ii chord, I play the exact same line up a half step, but retrograded, and then over the I chord I play it like the first one.....To me this way of creating lines, is a very important one.
Because it has expanded my memorizing ability very much.
Imagine yourself playing a 16 note line over a ii-V-I.
That is 16 notes you have to transpose up a falf, playing it symetrically from the last to the first note over the V chord.....Thats a lot of notes to remember that way......But very usefull(to me), and not impossible..
After 3-4 months with an hour of practice per day, IŽd discovered myself being able to repeat the most crazyest lines this way.
And this is a great deal of fun.....
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