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Crash Course On Which Scales to Play Over 7th Chords

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What scales do you play over different 7th Chords? Comment below.

Scales are important to help us learn our instruments. They are also a good way to help conceptualize improvising over chord changes. However, scales aren’t musical in and of themselves. In the wrong hands, they can even be detrimental to your jazz improvisation!

I hesitate to do a video like this, but at the end of the day, if you think of scales as “pitch collections”, a way to map out the note choices you can make, I think knowing which scales you can play over different chords is quite valuable.

In this lesson I go over basic scales you can use as pitch collections over the different qualities of 7th chords.

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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