In the previous lesson about jazz soloing, we looked at soloing over the 2 5 1 chord progression in major keys. It is just as common to come across a 2-5-1 progression in a minor key. The theory behind soloing over the chords remains the same but the chord types change. A 2-5-1 progression in C major would give us these chords – Dm7, G7, Cmaj7 where as a 2-5-1 progression in the key of C minor would commonly give us – Dm7b5, G7(b9), Cmin6. The one-chord can often be a minor 6 or a minor 7.
We can approach soloing over these chords by using chord tones:
- Dmin7b5: D, F, Ab, C
- G7(b9): G, B, D, F, Ab
- Cmin6: C, Eb, G, A
Or by using the relevant scales:
- D Lochrian – D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C
- G Half/Whole Diminished Scale – G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F
- C Dorian – C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb
These are not the only options but are a good way to get started. I have included a PDF with a line that works over a minor 2-5-1 sequence. Be sure to practice it in all 12 keys!
Download these additional resources to go along with this week’s lesson below:
Jazz Soloing: Minor 2 5 1 Line – Bass Clef
- Being a Working Musician Part 2: Pop Function Gigs - November 22, 2016
- Being a Working Musician Pt. 1: A Day in the Life of a Working Bass Player - August 30, 2016
- Soloing on Bass Guitar: Soloing Using ‘Continuous Chord Tones’ - May 17, 2016