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Jam of the month, June 2017


...soloing to a Jazz blues in C major.

In this video I´m soloing to a Jazz Blues in the key of C major.

Down below I go through the scales I´m using to the different chords.

The 12 bars Jazz Blues chorus are:


II: C7 / F7 / C7 / Gm7 C7 /

/ F7 / F#dim7 / C7 / Em11 A7 /

/ Dm7 / G7 / C7 A7 / Dm7 G7 :II


You can also play an Em7 or Em7b5 instead of the Em11.

I choose the Em11 in this version.

Good luck and keep it swinging!

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The basic scales I´m using to the C7 and the Gm7 are:

- C7 mixolydian scale - (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7)

- C minor Pentatonic - (1, 3, 4, 5, b7)

- C minor blues scale - (1, 3, 4, b5, 5, b7)


I see the Gm7 chord as a Kind of C7 chord here. (Gm7 = C9sus/G)

So same tones works to both chords.

When mixing them together you get those minor to major phrases

there are very common when playing Jazz Blues.

Here´s one from the solo:

The basic scales I´m using to the F7 chord are:

- F7 mixolydian scale - (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7)

- C minor Pentatonic - (1, 3, 4, 5, b7)

- C minor blues scale - (1, 3, 4, b5, 5, b7)


..and to the F#dim7 are:

- F# diminished scale - (1, 2, b3, 4, b5, b6, b7, 7)

The basic scale I´m using to the Em11 & A7 is:

- D harmonic minor scale (1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, 7)


It´s more of an altered scale to the A7 chord though. The intervals from the A tone as a root will then be - (1, b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, b7)

To the Em11 the scale will be as a E Locrian with a Major 6th.

- (1, b2, b3, 4, b5, 6, b7) -

The basic scale I´m using to the Dm7 & G7 chords is:

- C major scale (Ionian) scale - (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)


In other words to Dm7 it´s the D minor Dorian scale & to

G7 it´s the G7 Mixolydian scale

I´m playing some "outside lines"using the G triad chord arpeggio on F7 leading to C7 and the F# Triad on C7 leading to F7.

These scales/arpeggios works as dominants to the chord that comes.

I´m also playing altered tones on G7.

     The good thing with playing Jazz Blues...


...is that you always through the chorus can play the blues scale and the minor pentatonic scale in the key that´s played. In this case in C!

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   Here are more transcribed lines from the solo.

And some links to other lessons of mine that might help you.

- Essential scales

- Diminished scale

- Playing outside the key for a while

- The Dominant chord