Sussex Jazz Guitar School, additional pointers

Sussex Jazz guitar school will commence this Saturday so in addition to the prep work earlier, I thought I’d send you a few related points to be aware of.  I want students to get as much out of the classes as possible and if I can feed relevant information that will crop up in class beforehand, that will hopefully prevent us getting bogged down in theory so we can spend more time exploring the concept in hand!

We will be looking at arpeggio based improvisation.  So take the following C major scale which goes round and round;

C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  A  B  C

Let’s look at the chords in a ii, V, I progression.

D minor 7 (ii chord) has the notes,

D  F  A  C  (root, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

If we build a 7th arpeggio off the 3rd degree of Dminor 7 we get

F A C E  (3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th)

If we build from the 5th..

A C E G (5th, 7th, 9th, 11th)

From 7th.

C E G B  (7th, 9th, 11th, 13th)

Or from the 6th degree??

B D F A  (6th, root, 3rd, 5th)

G7 the V chord has the notes

G  B  D F  (root, 3rd, 5th, flat 7)

Building 7th Arpeggio fro the 3rd..

B  D  F  A  (3rd, 5th, b7, 9th)

From 5th..

D  F  A  C  (5, b7, 9, 11)

From b7..

F  A  C  E  (b7, 9, 11, 13)

C Major 7

C  E  G B  (root, 3, 5 , 7)

From 3rd…

E  G  B  D  (3, 5, 7,9)

From 5th

G  B  D  F   (5, 7, 9 , 11)

from 7th

B  D  F  A  (7, 9, 11, 13)

Remember to memorize the order of arpeggios in the given key!  See last link…

Cmaj7,  Dminor7,  Eminor7, Fmaj7, G7, Aminor7, Bm7b5

You should know what chord follows what without having to go back to the root of the key,

For example, which chord follows Dm7?
Answer – Em7

Which chord follows G7?
Answer – Am7

Which chord preceeds Cmaj7?
Answer – Bm7b5

What apreggio is built off the 5th degree of a G7 Chord? (GBDF)
Answer – Dm7 (DFAC)

What arpeggio is built off the 3rd of Dm7? (DFAC)
Answer – Fmaj7  (FACE)

Additional stuff
Just to let you know about some gigs..

I’ll be playing at Love Supreme Festival Sunday 7th July in my trio, see this link for info and we have some special guest harmony singers.

I’ll be doing some solo guitar sets of South American, Latin Jazz and jazz standards Thurs 4th July in the evening at the Prince Arthur Pub, off Western Rd (newly refurbished and under new management) playing chord melody, walking bass lines, improvising choruses using chords and single notes for three hours with no loop pedals or safety nets which is the sort of stuff I want to pass on over time to Sussex Jazz Guitar School students as the course progresses  – as after all, the guitar is a solo instrument!

My trio, with Steve Thompson on Double bass and Tony Shepherd (BIMM course leader)  will be playing a lively summer mix of Brazilian Samba, Choros, Bossa Nova, Venezuelan Waltzes, Latin Jazz and swinging  jazz at the the Prince Arthur again Saturday 13th July in the eve… all free entry!

The Jazz Jam at the Brunswick happens every Tuesday and I welcome anyone to play on stage with the House Band, especially Sussex Jazz Guitar School guitarists!


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