From the album Into Jazz Blues

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Fun and easy medium uptempo swing Jazz Blues play-along in G major.

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Tempo = 160 BPM

Key = G Major

Chord progression:

II: G7 I C7 I G7 I Dm7 G7 I
I C7 I C#dim7 I G7 I E7alt I
I Am7 I D7 I G7 E7(alt) I Am7 D7 :II

You will hear extensions and alterations of the basic chords on the track - as is commonly done in jazz of course :)


G7 - G B D F

C7 - C E G Bb

Dm7 - D F A C

C#dim7 - C# E G Bb

E7 - E G# B D

Am7 - A C E G

D7 - D F# A C

Scale suggestions for improvisation:

G minor pentatonic scale - G Bb C D F (G)

G minor blues scale - G Bb C C# D F (G)

G major pentatonic scale: G A B D E (G)


G Mixolydian Mode: G A B C D E F (G) - G7 chords

G Dorian Mode: G A Bb C D E F (G) - C7 chords

A Harmonic Minor Scale: A B C D E F G# (A) - E7 Chords

A Dorian Mode: A B C D E F# G (A) - Am7 chords

D Mixolydian Mode: D E F# G A B C (D) - D7 chords

A Dorian and D Mixolydian contains the same notes as G Major Scale!

G Major Scale: G A B C D E F# (G)

You can also treat the E7 as an E7alt chord and use the E Altered Scale...

E Altered Scale: E F G G# Bb C D (E)

E Altered Scale is also known as E Super Locrian - and it's the 7th mode of the F Melodic Minor Scale.