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|
- 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.
|Bb aeolian mode||Bb||C||Db||Eb||F||Gb||Ab|
A minor triad is made of a root, a minor third and a perfect fifth.
|Bb minor triad||Bb||Db||F|
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.
Swing to bop | Solo transcription # 2
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Last edited: 06/03/2017