MODAL BLUES EXAMPLE 5 MAJOR 7b 5 CHORDS IN A CONTEMPORARY
To help you get used to any new chord variant it’s really helpful to hear it ‘changing and moving’ around a traditional I-IV-V blues progression with a clear chord pathway – not too many chord re-voicings. These can always be added later. This contemporary modal blues is based on the close connection between the three (III) chord Gm7, and the four (IV) chord A maj7 5 in the key of E . The maj7 5 chords using shapes 1 and 4 are the focus here. Bar 9 features a rundown of maj7 5 chords: E maj7 5, D maj7 5, Bmaj7 5, Amaj7 5 before settling back to the root, A maj7 5.