Two-five-one Bebop type chord progression
This section introduces songs written to explore improvisation concepts. This example is from the song Song for Sonny and shows how to practice substitution arpeggios on a two-five-one progression.
Coltrane’s in/famous Giant Steps). It starts out with ii V I in C Major, followed by the same in Bb Major and G Major before an A13 chord in bar 8 brings it back to C Major. This section uses the substitution arpeggio from respectively the major and minor 3 rd (remember: IIIm7 on the IMaj7, IIIm7b5 on the I7 and bIIMaj7 on the Imin7). Every phrase is based on this substitution arpeggio . The result is not an exciting ”solo”, but a good work‐out to familiarize yourself with how chords and arpeggios connect. By playing from any note of the arpeggio, you learn how to visualize it on the neck.
Song for Sonny by Bo Vibe
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