Soloing Over Jazz-Blues Chord Changes (via Guitar World)

Over the past five issues (June through October 2016), I introduced the basic jazz-blues progression, with subtle variations, and demonstrated several cool things you can do with it, in terms of accompaniment—specifically, various ways to play chords and/or walking bass lines.

I’d now like to focus on the art of crafting single-note melodies over the progression in a classic jazz style known as bebop, with ideas inspired by such great composer-improvisers as alto saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and guitarists Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery and Grant Green. Again, we’ll be using the key of G and one of my favorite sets of jazz-blues chord changes, which we’ve been working with in the previous lessons on comping (chord playing).

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