In-Position Soloing Over Cmaj7 Bbmaj7

In Position Soloing Over Cmaj7 Gm7.

This is a continuation of last week’s free lessons, which you can check here: Solo In Position over Cmaj7 Fm7. Check this blog first and check out all the pages that it links to. It will make everything in today’s lesson easier to follow

Today we’ll talk about some advanced improvising with the 7 in-position scale fingerings, over this chord progression.

||: Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 :||

Bbmaj7 is a modal interchange chord. (The above link directs to a page that has links to free lessons about modal interchange, and the mode fingerings.)

The scale of choice over the Bbmaj7 is Bb Lydian
So in this chord progression, you will solo 2 bars C major/Ionian scale and 2 bars Bb Lydian scale

Bb Lydian has 1 flat.
Learn here how to quickly figure out the key signatures to modes in all keys

The Closest Scale Fingerings for C Ionian and Bb Lydian.

Good improvisers know how to solo over various complex chord progressions or key changes keeping their fretting hand in 1 location.
That is what we will be practicing today.

Closest scale patterns for the Cmaj7 Bbmaj7 chord progression:

  1. C Ionian fingering → C Mixolydian fingering
  2. D Dorian fingering → D Aeolian fingering
  3. E Phrygian fingering → E Locrian fingering
  4. F Lydian fingering → F Ionian fingering
  5. G Mixo fingering → G Dorian fingering
  6. A Aeolian fingering → A Phrygian fingering
  7. B Locrian fingering → Bb Lydian fingering.

Solo 3 min per position = a 21min daily drill.
It’s only challenging in the beginning. After a couple of days, this will get easier.

This is an amazing exercise to drill your scale fingerings. Every jazz guy spends a lot of time on those types of improvisation drills.
Check this following video which covers the above fingering combinations: (the video talks about soloing over Cmaj7 Gm7, but this combines the same scale fingerings as discussed above. G Dorian has the same notes like Bb Lydian).


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