Making Changes

by Chris Harrington

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  • HEY GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson where we take a look into the world of playing over 'Changes', this is often spoken of in reference to jazz chord changes but can be applied in any musical genre, the idea is to look at the chords used in the piece and make lines that follow the chord movements.

    In this piece we look at simply playing over one chord and resolving to the next chord with our last note of the phrase, as you get more confident you can extend your lines to keep moving through the evolving chord movements.

    I would recommend you spend some time learning some basic arpeggio's to give you chord tone targets when deciding what note you are trying to target. Nearly all of what you hear in this piece is built with arpeggios rather than scales, both have their place when soloing but arpeggios will get you visualising chord tones more clearly.


    |: Cmaj7 | Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 | Bbm7 Eb7 |

    Abmaj7 | Dm7 G7 | Cmaj7 | Dm7 G7 :|

    TEMPO: 120BPM
    TIME: 4/4 SWING
    KEY(s): C major, Bb major, Ab major



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