Friday, April 22, 2016

Scaling The Summit With Dominant Scales

Hey! This week we talked about the scales we use over dominant chords. There's a lot to cover, so let's jump right in!

1) First let's take a look at some examples. Below are some dominant resolutions. Which scale would you use over each dominant chord? Mind the key signatures. There are multiple right answers to some of these, so don't be afraid to get creative!

2) Can you think of any other dominant scales? We covered many of the more common ones, but there's plenty of other ways to construct them. All you need is a shell voicing: Everything else is wide open. Try to devise some of your own and, if you can, try to play them and see how they sound.

3) We mentioned that the Blues scale is often used over dominant chords, but that's really weird, isn't it? It doesn't even have the leading tone in it. So why does it work? What do you think? Or do you even think it does? It might help to do a little research on its history, if you really want to go deep here.

And that's it! We'll see you next week!

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