How to Solo In Position Over Cmaj7 Dbmaj7

In Position Soloing Over Cmaj7 Dbmaj7.

This is a continuation of last week’s free lesson, 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 | Dbmaj7 | Dbmaj7 :||

Dbmaj7 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 Dbmaj7 is Db Lydian
So in this chord progression, you will solo 2 bars C major/Ionian scale and 2 bars Db Lydian scale
This applies to all maj7 modal interchange chords btw.: you always play the Lydian scale over that maj7 chord. (i.e. In the key of C over Bbmaj7 chord, you play Bb Lydian)

Db Lydian has 4 flats.
Learn here how to quickly figure out the key signatures to modes in all keys

The Closest Scale Fingerings for C Ionian and Db 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 Dbmaj7 chord progression:

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


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