Ex­am­ple7 Cho­rus of blues in F

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Jazz -

Benson leads into this cho­rus of a blues in F with a Gm7 ar­peg­gio then moves up chro­mat­i­cally to land on the 5th (C) and root on the first F7 chord. He plays largely around the chord changes with chro­matic pass­ing notes for the first seven bars of the se­quence, but gets pretty ‘out’ over the last five bars. On the Am7 and D7 he seems to be think­ing in terms of Am7b5 and D7 al­tered (or D7 al­tered for the whole bar), then Ab Do­rian over the Gm7, and Gm7 to C13 over the C7 (with a B nat­u­ral thrown in on beat 4), fin­ish­ing up around F mi­nor pen­ta­tonic with the 9th (G) added over the fi­nal F7.

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