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Improvisation Over Major 7th Chords

For the purpose of this lesson we will be making use of the C Major 7 chord, which is C E G B
One technique about making good improvisations is coined from pairings… We are going to look at 3 pairings that will aid us in improvising over a CMajor7 chord
First pair
1major 7 + 7major 7
In this case the first degree of the Cmajor scale is C while the seventh degree is B…Therefore
Cmajor7 +      Bmajor7
CEGB      +      BEbGbBb
These notes played on melodic interval in rhythm creates good improvisation and also you as a pianist could draw ideas at random from these notes in producing your licks and runs
Second pair
3minor7 + b3minor7
In this case the third degree in the C major scale is E, while the flat third degree is Eb.. Therefore
Eminor7 + Ebminor7
EGBD + EbGbBbDb
Third pair
4th major triad + 3 major triad
In this case, the fourth degree in the C major scale is F, while the third degree is E…therefore
Fmajor triad + E major triad
FAC + EAbB
These 3 pairs when played as creating solos, provides you with good ideas for improvisations over the CMajor 7 chord…
Try this out on other keys
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