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on: August 27, 2011, 13:07
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Any favorite devices you like to use over rhythm changes progresssions? I'm always interested in seeing what other players are thinking/using over these changes.

One of my favorite "thinking" devices is to think of a m7b5 arp. over the functioning dom. chords. E.g.,

| BbM7 G7 | Cm7 F7 |
(Dm7 arp) (Fm7b5 arp) (EbM7 arp) Ebm7b5 arp)

I also like to use a bIIm/M7 arp over the dom. chords:

| BbM7 G7 | Cm7 F7 |
(Dm7 arp) (Abm/M7 arp) (EbM7 arp) Gbm/M7 arp)

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on: August 31, 2011, 19:50
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For BbM7 G7 | Cm7 F7 | you could use Bb7-Db7-C7-B7, or even Dy-Db7-C7-B7, but cooler still is Bb7-Db7-C7-Eb7-D7-Dby7-C7 for the whole first 8 bars. To tell you the truth, what I have heard a lot of buys do is just sort of blow over an "inside/outside" Bb7 on the whole A section and just play freely off of your ear rather than trying to think so much until you get to "the channel" as they call the 3-6-2-5 dominant bridge. I like that last arp thing you posted, I'm stealing that 😉

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on: August 31, 2011, 19:51
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Sorry, make that: Bb7-Db7-C7-Eb7-D7-Db7-C7-B7 for the whole first 8 bars 😉

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on: September 5, 2011, 10:35
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Gotcha, Doug. A lot of guitar players, especially, seem to treat the A section as modal Bb7, as you mentioned, but I'm trying to get a lot of lines programmed that really target the 3 and 7 of the dominants. I love the way Scofield, Rick Peckham (from Berklee), and Shery Bailey hit this progression.

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on: September 5, 2011, 10:40
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Another device I use all the time: Maj.7#5 arp. from the 3rd of the alt. dom. chord (e.g., BMaj.7#5 over G7 alt). That's a really sweet sound.

For the B section, I sometimes use chomatically descending triad pairs; e.g., D and E for the D7 (lydian b7 sound) Db and Eb for the G7 (G7 alt. sound) C and D for the C7 (lydian b7 sound) . . . etc.

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on: November 20, 2016, 11:40
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Hi,

I'm a new member, so thanks for having me. Rhythm Changes is one of my favorite forms to blow over. I recently recorded an album of originals and decided to write a rhythm changes head based on my favorite substitutions. I used a bunch of cycle-4s (implying cycles of dom7 or Maj7 chords moving in 4ths), superimposed over the original harmony. If you like the tune I'll be glad to share the lead sheet with you.

Here it is:

I would love to hear what you think!

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on: December 2, 2016, 08:17
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Well Yeah, I love the head. So much energy in the arrangement with the over driven chords against the RS. I really enjoy everything. Solo has some great lines it and for me it shines best when you seem to be in the moment and not playing some of the phrases that sound a bit pre conceived. Though Im being perhaps overly critical with that. The trio has a great sound, modern and lots of energy. I dig it!

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