Eric Gale solo transcription (12 bars) | Too blue - Stanley Turrentine - Minor blues

This lesson is about a guitar solo transcription (12 bars) of Eric Gale on "Too blue" by Stanley Turrentine.  This is a basic G minor blues progression built as this following :

Gm7 | % | % | % | 

Cm7 | % | Gm7 | % | 

Am7b5 | D7(b9) | Gm7 | % | 

This minor blues contains four chords Gm7 (I), Cm7 (IV), Am7b5 (II), D7 (V). You can see a minor II-V-I sequence at the end of this progression. You can also replace the Am7b5 chord by its tritone substitution that is Eb7. This is a common trick that can be applied to any half diminished chord in minor blues progressions. 

Solo analysis

  • Bars 1, 2, 3 and 4 : G dorian mode (G-A-B-C-D-E-F) with two chromatic passing tones Gb, Db respectively major seventh and flat fifth which are two blue notes. The dorian mode is a minor mode made up of a root (1), second (2), minor third (b3), fourth (4), fifth (5), sixth (6) and minor seventh (b7).
  • Bars 5, 6, 7 and 8 : G minor pentatonic scale. (G, Bb, C, D, F).
  • Bar 9 : A altered scale ( A, Bb, C, Db, Eb,  F and G) including a chromatic passing tone (Gb) between G and F.
  • Bar 10, 11, 12 and 13 : The previous altered musical motif ends on the thirteenth (B) and the eleventh (G) of D7. Then G minor pentatonic scale again (approached chromatically with B) over D7 and Gm.

Related scales and modes

The dorian mode is the second mode of the major scale and one of the first choices of scale when you want to improvise over minor chords. 

G Dorian mode G A Bb C D E F
Formula 1 2 (9) b3 4 (11) 5 6 (13) b7
Intervals W H W W W H W



The minor pentatonic scale, as its name implies, is made up of 5 notes. This scale is easy to learn and designed to sound good over minor chords.

G minor pentatonic scale G Bb C D F
Formula 1 b3 4 5 b7
Intervals W+H W W W+H W



The altered scale is the seventh mode of the melodic minor mode. It contains all the altered notes that a scale can contain, namely a flat ninth (b9), a raised ninth (#9), a flat fifth (b5) or raised eleventh (#11), an augemented fifth (#5) or flat thirteenth (b13). This scale is used to play over 7th altered chords when you want to bring tension in your jazz lines. Indeed, you can play notes from the altered scale over the V of a minor or major II-V-I sequence, on the V of a major blues progression or minor blues as is the case here.

A altered scale A Bb C Db Eb F G
Formula 1 b9 #9 3 b5 (#11) #5 (b13) b7
Intervals H W H W W W W



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