EX­AM­PLE12 us­ing chro­matic ap­proach notes to out­line blues changes

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | THE BLUES SCALE -

in this ex­am­ple the flat 5 is used to out­line all three chords (i-iv-v) of a blues pEro­gres­sion. in bar 1 the note is used to high­light the root of chord v (E7) while in bar 3 the 5th of i (A7) and the root of iv (D7) are both high­lighted us­ing this ap­proach. The flat 5 has been used in this way since the ear­li­est days of jazz. it’s a ‘thought­ful’ ap­pli­ca­tion of the note that can give your so­los a classy edge, set­ting your play­ing apart from pre­dictable blues scale shred­ders.

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