Here’s another way one can work with “Coltrane Changes”.
The dominant chord is one of the most flexible chords one can deal with. If you checked out the post “Playing over a Dom. 7th Chord”, you know what I mean.
In the attached PDF I have a handful of exercises on “Coltrane Changes” where every dominant 7th chord is altered (b9, #9). The exercises/patterns are more linear than vertical. Check them out!
As a bonus, I’ve included “Improv Etudes” for Alto and Tenor Saxes as an example of how you can integrate some of the techniques.
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This month I’ve got a whole 16-page PDF for you!
For those of you that are familiar with John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and his other tunes based on similar harmonies, here I have an option you can try out in order to flavor up your solos by using some “alternate changes” over the Giant Steps pattern.
In these exercises, the Dominant chords are substituted by their related minor chord.
The original changes:
BMaj7 D7 GMaj7 Bb7 EbMaj7 F#7 BMaj7
The “alternate” changes:
BMaj7 Am7 GMaj7 Fm7 EbMaj7 C#m7 BMaj7
You’ll notice that the root of the chords move in whole-tone steps downwards.
Practice a few of the patterns in the booklet and try them over a slower version of a Giant Steps play-along.
Play-alongs for Giant Steps in various tempi you’ll find at PlayJazzNow.com .
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