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Jazz Soloing - Neighbour Notes

by Muris Varajic

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  • Hello GMC, long time no see! ;) This is my first contribution to the world of Jazz. I tried to keep it simple, used mostly only "neighbor" notes, no weird scales or anything like that.

    What "neighbor" notes are? Closest ones to desired note, semi tone up or below. For example, I want to play note A so I add note G# before, or Bb, depends of situation.

    The basic structure to create cool jazzy lead is using arpeggios, so we apply same formula here. Lets take chord D7. Here's one example, we play notes: D,(F),F#,(Bb),A,(D#),D. As you can see, "locked" notes are neighbors. :)

    Scale wise I used D minor and D minor pentatonic, everything else is explained above:) There are different techniques involved such as alternate picking, hammer-ons, pull-offs, sliding, even sweeping.

    Key is Dm, tempo 95 bpm, shuffle feel.

    Try it and let me know if you need any assistance here!

    Take care

    Muris Varajic

    D Minor Pentatonic Scale.jpg

    D Minor Scale.jpg
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