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 Chord chart analysis: Notice the C7alt [Alt Dom] for the Fm7 as the Coltrane changes set-up!
Finally, here is the 12 Bar “Coltrane Blues” Chord Chart for jazz improvisation: 140 Bpm.
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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
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
The first pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
The second part of the chord sequence in sextuplets
The second pattern is now changed into 16ths. From 1 2 3 4 5 6 into 1 e and a 2 e
Finally, the full one bar alternate picking chord sequence nailing the changes
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This simple “Rhythmic Unit” of a group of 5 notes can be broken up into sub divisions to give clarity when nailing the changes when alternate picking at a very fast tempo of 180 BPM Plus at the guitar when improvising.
Although we might view and hear this as alternate picking and plucking a group of 5 on the guitar like the example below,
The Group of 5 now becomes one “Tetrachord” and the 5th note becomes the first note of the next chord [Dbmaj9]. This way the changes are “Nailed” by the rhythmic subdivision.
So, as we can see the “Ta Ka Di Me Thom” or 1 2 3 4 5
Becomes, “1 e and a” ” 2″
For anybody having problems with their alternate picking at fast tempos whilst nailing the changes this will really help you because you will automatically land on the first note of the next chord.
There are many more rhythms that are employed like 6’s, 7’s and 2×4 groupings. But I will go into these in another blog. In the meantime her are a few examples from John Mclaughlin himself phrasing by employing 5’s.
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