Practicing Rhythm Changes

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    That is why I like this approach it emphasizes the thirds, I could see totally dropping the root and fifth, and sounding pretty good.
     
  2. chapmand

    chapmand Piano User

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    Do players add 7ths in the bridge? I think the question is narrow. When it comes to improv, all notes are fair game; the point is where are they going? Extensions are part of a chord tonality or colour. You can paint some pretty cool stuff with three colours, but when you get to mixing the basic palate you create new colours; sounds that you can call your own.
     
  3. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    The bridge are flat seven chords, though often times people will sharp the root to get a diminished 6. When I was playing drums in a school guitar combo, I remember the instructor made all the guitarists go through and do alternating 3rds and 7ths over the top of the blues progression. Some pretty cool stuff. I didn't know you could do it with the rhythm changes too.
     
  4. SmoothOperator

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    Wow I can play those fast, and they actually sound like the rhythm changes.

    I added the 7ths (dominant or flat where ever appropriate) to the verse and chorus parts and did the same thing... Smooth
     
  5. Bob Grier

    Bob Grier Forte User

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    SmoothOperator are you playing with chord changes? ie., are you playing with a guitar or piano or with a backing track. If not you really can't learn to improvise. You have to play with chord changes to hear how what you are playing sounds with the changes.
     

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