Welcome to episode 74 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to improvise over suspended chords. Specifically, we are covering the Dominant 7 Sus 4 chord, which shows up a lot in jazz music. These chords can sometimes stump an improviser when they come up and this lesson digs into some different ways to approach them. Listen in!
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Suspended chords can be confusing to know how to improvise over them. The concept is relatively simple, but they still can leave a player unsure of how to approach them.
In this episode, we take an in depth look as some different ways to approach dominant 7 sus 4 chords. We uncover some chord/scale theory that can help you conceptualize note choices you have to work with.
At the end of the episode, I do a little bit of improvising myself over this chord, using all of the concepts that are talked about in this lesson.
Basic Formula: Root-4th-5th-b7
Approach #1: Mixolydian
Approach #2: ii Chord Dorian
Approach #3: ii Chord Minor Pentatonic
Approach #4: I Chord Major Scale
Approach #5: Relative major of ii Lydian
(or b7 of Dominant 7 sus4 chord Lydian)
Approach #6: Triads of b7 Chord and 7sus4 Chord
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