Jam Sessions - Smooth Jazz
Lesson 6 - Jam in Abm
Lyle: Everyone come in and find a
seat, get tuned up and ready to jam!
Lyle: Here's the chord chart for this 16 bar jam
Lyle: I'll give you two jam tracks to work with:
you can see, there are a lot of chords. Instead of teaching you all the chords
one at a time, I thought I'd just teach you the whole progression using a simple
help you learn the chords and the progression, just strum each chord once at the
beginning of the measure. You can also use your thumb for the bass notes and
your other 3 fingers to "claw" the chord like I do in this video
Harper: Has a
strange timing... what's the time
Lyle: Notice the chords alternate from being hit
on beat 1, then on the & of 4.
Greg-PortageBay: Almost a Latin
The first 3 or 4 chords in this progression have the " Stairway to Jazz Heaven"
sound. This is one of the harder to play Smooth Jazz Jams in this series. The
chords aren't hard to play, it's just that there are lots of them! Here's how I
would play this. I give each chord a little rhythm by separating the bass from
the rest of the chord, again using the "claw" technique with my right
Picky: I like
this, gives me something to work on.
Greg-PortageBay: Lyle, it seems like Ab blues would work
well over this...
Lyle: That's right! >
Since the chord progression is in Abm and it's very bluesy, the Abm blues scale
is a great choice of scales to use when improvising.
Here's a video clip of me just playing the Ab minor blues scale against the jam
track. Notice how all the notes fit well with the background
The Ab natural minor, or relative minor, also know as the pure minor
and...Aeolian minor, will work nice here:
Greg-PortageBay: cool beans.. the Dorian is okay, but
had a couple sour notes
Lyle: Dorian works nice during the m6
would you not use B Dorian over the Bm6? Is that not the chord you were talking
Lyle: You could still use the Ab Dorian against
the Bm6 chord too.
Lyle: During the lesson sample I made an example
solo for you to work on. The first half of the solo uses notes from the Abm
Greg-PortageBay: Very cool, thanks for transcribing
The second half of the solo is mostly made from the Ab
Here's a video of the whole solo:
did you an E major 7th arpeggio in the 5th bar?
Lyle: Perhaps because of the chord being played
at that time of the progression.
Lyle: EMaj chord was being played during that
time, and the notes from the Ab Aeolian are the same as the notes in the EMaj7
Lyle: Good time to take a break. BTW - All the
jam tracks from this series and others are available in high quality MP3
downloads from my web site, TheGuitar.net. Go there and click on Jam Tracks for
more info. Thanks,
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