Here are some ideas for incorporating the all important VI chord in bar 8 of the 12 bar blues.  They also incorporate the ii-V7b9-I7, and a little blues scale.


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  • played bebop scale excersises (
  • worked on “United” arrangement a la Woody Shaw’s ”United” album's version ( - note the backgrounds at end of piano solo - used harmonic minor scale for the minor I-V7+9s
  • worked on cycle exercises (like these
  • worked on “Birk's Works” using the harmonic minor scale - note the interlude before first solo in this recording

Here are some exercises to help get proficient with the Dominant Bebop scale.

Check this out (learned this from Geoff Keezer.)


Good excersises for developing "over the barline" rhythmic phrasing:

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