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Passing Tones Exercise

by Vasilije Vukmirovic

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  • Hi GMC!

    Passing tones are often used in jazz, and useful way of approaching jazz soloing. Passing tones are tones which doesn’t necessarily belong to the scale, but are always next to the ones that belong. If we take note F for example, passing tone could be F# or E, because they are closest. In similar way we can approach arpeggios. By adding notes next to chord tones we create phrases that sound like scale, because of the small intervals.

    In this exercise you’ll see how we can play scales and simple minor arpeggios with added passing tones. Harmony used is: B minor, Bb dim 7, B minor, A major, G major, F# major, E minor, D major, A major, B minor, C# dim7, B minor, F# 7, B minor.

    Enjoy!

    Regards!

    Vasilije Vukmirovic

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