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A Different Way To Approach Jazz Soloing

David Eddy (2100) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4

This is a little trick a guitar teacher taught me years ago. It's used more by contemporary jazz guitar players. I think Scofield and Methany both use this method frequently.

Let's experiment with a standard ii-V7-I progression in the key of G. So we've got Am7-D7-Gmaj7. Normally over a progression like this you might play A dorian, D mixolydian, and G ionian. Your scale shape could stay the same, but you would focus on the different chord tones.

This is all good, of course, but after a while it can become a little vanilla sounding. So here is an option.