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3rds, 7ths, 9ths - What! Me Worry?

It is time to discuss 3rds, 7ths and 9ths extensions in the context of linear melodic phrasing for solo improvisation. Typically when confronted with the necessity of “targeting” these tones as a melodic device players look to the chord triad…

Mighty Pentatonic

I’ve seen all kinds of explanations as to why the minor scale sounds good, actually great, over a major chord - but to reverse that and play a major scale over a minor chord certainly does not. Common sense dictates…

Americana Roots

Chords, Riffs, 12 Bar Form

The origin of indigenous Americana Country, Hillbilly, Blues, Folk styles are not an overt adaptation of the Western “Common Period” classic tradition.This predominantly rural development began and was sustained on homemade instruments with 1 to…