Charlie christian jazz guitar solo transcription | Swing to bop # 2

This lesson is about a Charlie Christian solo transcription taken from " Swing to bop". This is the transcription of only 8 bars over a Ebm and Bbm chord progression.

  • Bar 1 to 5 : These lines contain notes from the Eb dorian scale.

The dorian scale (also called dorian mode) is the second of the seven musical modes (Ionian, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian & locrian). This is a minor scale because of its b3. The dorian scale appears when a major scale is started on its second scale-degree (second note). This scale is an absolute must and the first thing to know when you want to improvise over minor chords.

Example in C major

You will notice that there is the same notes in the C major scale (ionian mode) and in the D dorian mode.

C major (ionian mode) C D E F G A B  
D dorian mode   D E F G A B C


Let's take a look at the Eb dorian scale used in these licks.

Eb dorian mode Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db
Formula 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7


  • Bar 6 to 9 : If you look closely you can see that there's only three notes in these lines, Bb, Db and F. This is a Bb minor triad, a simple and effective way to improvise over a Bbm chord.

This minor arpeggio is taken from the Bb aeolian mode. The aeolian mode is the sixth of the seven musical modes. It is a minor type scale, but unlike the dorian scale it has a flat sixth.

Bb aeolian mode Bb C Db Eb F Gb Ab
Formula 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7


A minor triad is made of a root, a minor third and a perfect fifth.

Bb minor triad Bb Db F
Formula 1 b3 5


The interest of this lesson is to develop these jazz lines over minor chords and find  some new musical ideas to increase your sense of improvisation.

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