Dominant Chordscales

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Lesson Description

While the mixolydian mode is the default dominant chordscale, there exists a whole world of dominant chordscale choices, each one possessing a unique palette of tensions. The Monkish whole tone, the tense altered scale and the evocative blues scale are just three of the eight dominant chordscales explored in this lesson. Learn how to derive the scales, how to build them and see how Clifford Brown, Kirk Lightsey and Thelonious Monk have used them in their solos. 


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Five Essential Seventh Chords
Major ii-V-I Progression
Minor ii-V-i Progression
Introduction to Chordscale Theory

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Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on