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Carol Kaye Chordal Scale

Here are exercises using the "chordal scale" as taught by legendary recording session bass player and jazz guitarst Carol Kaye.

The idea behind the chordal scale is that it is meant to get you hearing and playing using chords based on the notes of a scale verses just running up and down scales. Bebop and other jazz soloists based their playing on chords that can be played over a given key or tonic centre and not just scales. So getting used to playing in this way can open your ears to more harmonic possibilities in your playing and in particular soloing in a jazz context.

This exercise plays triad arpeggios outlining the chords up and down the key of G Major. The chords in the exercise are G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, F# diminished which equal the I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii chords.

The 7th to 12th bar play the 1st inversions of the chords while bars 13 to 16 play the 2nd inversions. While practicing these exercises listen to the sound these chords make relative to the root chord of G major and try to memorsie the fingering on the fretboard.

Once you are comfortable with this exercise try adding the 7ths of the chords and again try this in 1st, 2nd and 3rd inversions.

Carol Kaye Chordal Scale Exercise

 

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