Tadd Dameron turnaround Tritone Cycle all 12 keys Jazz improvisation chart practice track

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Tadd Dameron Turnaround “Tritone Cycle” in all 12 keys Jazz improvisation backwards 5ths [Moving in the cycle of 4ths] practice chart and track.

Major 7ths: 140 BPM

Tadd Dameron turnaround Tritone Cycle all 12 keys Jazz improvisation chart practice track

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Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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To begin with we will use our group of 5 notes starting with an up stroke [from our previous video] alternate picking and add 2 extra notes to make our group of 7.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Next rather, than count 7 we will break the group of 7 up into semiquavers [16ths] making a group of 4+3 and a rest.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

We will now make logical musical phrasing with 16ths and add notation. Counting 1 e and a 2 e and [Rest]starting with an “Upstroke” alternate picking.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

If we look at the chord bar below we will see that the chord changes are 1 chord per beat. Harmonically this is moving at a very fast rate.

John Mclaughlin 5+2 Alternate Picking Guitar Rhythms

Now, we will apply two groups of 7’s broken up into 16ths so that we can play rhythmically through this ambiguous set of chord changes.

Alternate Picking jazz fusionGuitar “Nailing the changes” 7’s into 4+3

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Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

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Just a quick blog today, But a great one with a great backing track for improvisers!

This starts as a common blues, but it adds interest by employing “Coltrane Changes” to the last 4 bars. A great compositional device that adds extra interest to a blues. It’s also a cool improvisational concept for the improviser whilst adding colour as a turnaround.

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

Coltrane Chord chart analysis: Notice the C7alt [Alt Dom] for the Fm7 as the Coltrane changes set-up!

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis

Finally, here is the 12 Bar “Coltrane Blues” Chord Chart for jazz improvisation: 140 Bpm.

140 BPM

Coltrane changes to blues chart and track and analysis for improvisation

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Long ii V Coltrane Changes in “ALL 12 KEYS” Moving in fourths backing track and chord chart

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Long ii V Coltrane Changes [110 Beats Per Minute]

CHART: [All 12 keys] Moving in Fourths

Long ii V Coltrane Changes moving in fourths in all 12 keys BACKING TRACK AND CHART

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

In this post we will go one further than the last post. This time we will take a group of six [Sextuplets] and make a tetrachord and a half from it.

This will make 4+ 2 which will make us nail the changes with 4 notes on the first chord and 2 notes on the second chord with a short rest to reset our fretting hand to repeat the pattern again on the next two chords.

Alternate picking exercise warm up in Sextuplets/Triplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Why do this?

Because the groups of six are quite easy to play on the guitar and there a heaps of variations on each pattern. They flow easily and can be alternate picked rhythmically to create musical phrasing.

The first pattern for playing through the changes in Sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes

Sextuplets John Mclaughlin guitar style into 4+2 Alternate Picking

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