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Flat-Fifth Runs

George Mandis (87) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

This flat-fifth run is a great tool for spicing up your solos with something not overwhelmingly melodic but still within a given harmonic structure, or just for practicing and building dexterity. It can be play at all sorts of tempos with more or less the same effect, and can be played either with descending chord sweeps or with each note being picked individually. You'll want to being with the highest note being the fourth interval of your chosen key, and from there you just follow the pattern outlined below. The only time the flat-fifth pattern breaks is at the end when we resolve one half-step up into our chosen key. It should also be noted those this resolution takes place on the first beat of the next measure as we are playing this run with triplets. To see an example of this run being used in a solo, go to the next page.
Flat-Fifth Runs