Substituting pentatonic scales on a minor 7 chord groove

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites A continuation of the theme from previous video (Minor 7 chord improvisation with scale substitution ) , how to improvise over a D minor 7chord, this time using the pentatonic scales contained in the C major scale or any of the modes derived from it - look below C major ionian and/or C major pentatonic Dm dorian and/or D minor pentatonic (of course) Em phrygian and/or E minor pentatonic F major lydian and/or F major pentatonic G mixolydian and/or G major pentatonic Am aolian and/or A minor pentatonic Bm locrian These all contain the same notes, but you target the notes differently by cheating the brain to see new patterns

MarloweDK said,

January 11, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

Im not playing in a Major Key as such, im playing in the Dorian minor mode over a Dm7 chord – its my choice

andzha said,

January 11, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

Thanks. at some point I missed that you are playing over Dorian mode in Major KEY.

MarloweDK said,

January 11, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

Its because we are playing in the Dorian minor mode, the most common in funk when playing over a minor 7 chord
You want to play in the Aolian mode (with the Bb), which has another flavor (the flatted 6th). The Aolian mode is the 6 step of a Major scale
So its two different minorscales and it depends on the context which you will use
If playing in a minor KEY with several chords belonging to the minor key, you will play over the Aolian
But playing a over a single m7 chord groove/vamp you can choose between both scales

andzha said,

January 11, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

Hello. I have a question abut this. I hope You can help me to understand. So If we play on Dm7 chord I can think of it as a 2nd step of Cmajor scale and so on… But when I play for example 3 step which is Em minor pentatonic it includes H(simple B), but Dm has an Bflat. It does not really sound good. Can You please explain your approach to these things?

The Bucket said,

May 12, 2010 @ 10:34 am

Yes, this is great stuff! Great way of using the Pentatonic scales, it brings them back into play! Well done!!

gradim said,

May 11, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

Hi Marlowe! Probably the best bass lesson I’ve ever see.


MarloweDK said,

May 11, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

Thx Sebu, and more is coming:-)

Sebu said,

May 11, 2010 @ 10:21 am

Very good lesson Thomas, clear and complete. Not easy to explain harmony and improvisation but you did it well.
We want more!!

Nix said,

May 11, 2010 @ 4:44 am

Marlowe, I’ve been waiting almost my whole life for these 2 lessons. You are a special person and a great teacher. Thank you.


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