This is a simple but effective improvisation using the same ingredients as I used over the
'Soloing Over Bossa Chords'
lesson - scales and pentatonics.
I like using pentatonics personally. They open up the sound quickly and are easier on the ear than a constant stream of scale-based eighth notes. If any of the instructions are confusing see my
'Jazzing Minor Pentatonics'
- the first two notes are taken from the Bm pentatonic. Bear in mind this song is in G and we're starting on the IV chord. I'm using Bm pentatonic because it gives a Lydian feel to the chord. The next bar is from the Em pentatonic, in keeping with the key we're in.
- this is a Gm pentatonic. It gives a different feel than the Cm which might have been the obvious choice. It comes from realising these two chords are the 2-5 in the key of Bb and one can play either Gm or Dm over a 2-5-1 sequence in Bb.
- over these two bars just the Em pentatonic.
- same trick as above, using Fm pentatonic this time.
- the Em pentatonic is used over all
these chords because they're all in G. Again, it's the same trick as for the Cm7/F7 and Bbm/Eb7. When it comes to the A7 I included a bit of the G scale to break it up a bit - but not much!
- the G altered scale (Ab melodic minor) to introduce the Cmaj7 coming up.
Bear in mind all this is very tiresome to read but easy to play!