The dominant chord is one of the most important and frequently encountered chords in all styles of music. From Jazz to Rock, from Funk to Pop, learning to play over the Dominant Seventh chord is an essential requirement for any player.
In this lesson, I show you 12 great blues licks using the Blues Scales you’re already familiar with, to create great sounding lines over a Dominant Seventh chord. Listen and then play along with the blues licks on the PDF sheet included with the lesson. I demonstrate each blues lick a number of times on the tenor saxophone, so that you can hear the phrasing, inflections and style of each lick. I also demonstrate and discuss adding different notes to the basic Blues Scale to create more modern hip sounding lines. I demonstrate how to handle the different notes of the Blues Scale over a Dominant sound. I talk about the inherent tension of the Dominant Chord and how you can learn to create and resolve tension in your solo. I demonstrate this concept on my tenor sax, so that you can actually hear how each note wants to resolve. I also explain what is happening in each blues lick and why different notes of the scale want to resolve in different ways. Once you hear and understand this idea, rather than just memorizing these blues licks, you’ll learn how to create your own great sounding blues licks based upon this concept.
I also discuss my approach to practicing and internalizing these blues licks and give you ideas for making your practice enjoyable as well as productive by using play-along tracks and blues, pop and funk tunes you might have in your collection.
This lesson makes a great follow up to my earlier Blues Lessons and will really get you using the Blues Scale in a whole new way. (30 Minute Audio Lesson)