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Improv with Samba Pattern

Introduction

This chord progression is in the “Samba” style, sort of a very fast-paced Bossa Nova. The progression is “ii V I ♯Idim7

The Chord Progression

Materials to Use

For the first three chords, you can use the C major scale. For the last chord, a simple solution is to play a C♯ diminished 7th arpeggio. The real challenge will be playing appropriate melodies to such an up-beat tune. Don’t feel as though you necessarily have to play quickly just because the track is fast. Try playing a melody made of many long, slow notes at first.

C Major Scale

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c natural
f natural
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e natural
b natural
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d natural
a natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
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e natural
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C♯dim7 Arpeggio

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

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

Exercises

  • Play the chords along with the track.
  • Play the C major scale along with the first three chords.
  • Play the C♯dim7 arpeggio along with the last chords.
  • Write a short melody that uses C major notes for the first three chords, and notes from the C♯dim7 arpeggio for the fourth chord.
  • Improvise using the scales and the arpeggio together.

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