Jazz Smugglers Master Workshop

Jazz Smugglers Master Workshop
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Thursday, 31 January 2013


This chap is brilliant at making a complex subject sound fairly straightforward. This is advanced stuff.

Alternate scales for dominant modes.

Summary of what this website says. His description is brilliant - a very complex subject.


All quite similar to each other. Dense = HWHW  OR SPARSE  WWWW

The altered scale has a dense lower part and a sparse upper part. 7 note scale

The Lydian dominant has sparse bottom, then dense plus a W 7 note scale

Half-whole diminished scale all dense  8 note scale (m3rds)
Symmetrical: only three scales to learn

Whole tone scale is all sparse  6 note scale
only two scales to learn Thelonius monk used this a lot. you can't listen to him for long with Care in the Community coming to the rescue.

Quote from the website and I've tried it - it works
"A useful application: “triad pairs”. You can generate nice modern
altered lines by alternating between arpeggios of the major triad
built on the ♭5 and arpeggios of the major triad built on the #5.

Another simpler application. Use a natural 9 or b9, natural 6 or b6

Tritone substitute scale. This is the dominant scale built on three whole tones above the root. (The Lydian actually)
4 notes are common to both chords. The upper half of one is the lower half of the other.

If a jazz theorist is in a room with no one in it, is he really in the room?


In this blog We will produce tips for jazz piano, and jazz guitar together with jazz saxophone. We will cover jazz chords, jazz guitar chords, and we will deal with jazz scales. We will cover jazz songs. This site is all about jazz improvisation.
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