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Improv with Gypsy Jazz

Introduction

This chord progression uses a “Gypsy jazz” feel. The progression is very similar to that of a minor blues.

The Chord Progression

Materials to Use

This track is suited to the A minor scale, as well as the A harmonic minor scale. A simple way to handle the B♭7 chord towards the end of the progression is to use a whole-tone scale.

A Minor

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a natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
a natural
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f natural
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b natural
d natural
a natural
e natural
b natural
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c natural
g natural
f natural
c natural
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e natural
b natural
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A Harmonic Minor

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a natural
c natural
d natural
a natural
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f natural
g sharp, a flat
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b natural
d natural
a natural
e natural
b natural
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c natural
f natural
c natural
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g sharp, a flat
e natural
b natural
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B♭ Whole Tone Scale

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a sharp, b flat
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d natural
e natural
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c natural
a sharp, b flat
c natural
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g sharp, a flat
e natural
f sharp, g flat
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d natural
c natural
d natural
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a sharp, b flat
f sharp, g flat
g sharp, a flat
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e natural
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Backing Track

When you’re ready, play along with the track.

Exercises

  • Play the chords along with the track.
  • Play the A minor scale along with the track, in time.
  • Practice applying the A harmonic minor scale to the E7 chord.
  • Practice applying the whole tone scale to the B♭7 chord.
  • Develop a melody using the appropriate scales the moves throughout the whole chord progression.

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