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Whole Tone Scale | How to Play Outside Jazz Rock Fusion #2


The Whole Tone scale is one of the most modern sounding scales out there and if used correctly the benefits are great! It is composed of all whole tones (hence the name) and it’s certainly one of my favorite scales to use. It is also used a lot in the worlds of jazz, fusion, instrumental rock, shred, film scoring and so on. 

There are many ways that this scale is applied, I’ve chosen 3; 1. by playing at the root of a Dom7(#5) o altered chord, 2. by playing it starting a 1/2 step above (or below) a Min(maj7) chord (I found out about this when doing research for a new book that should be coming out in 2016)and 3. as a tension building device or concept over just about any situation as long as it is resolved to a chord tone or chord scale.

At the beginning of the video I am applying the scale directly to a Dom7(#5). The chord progression is a normal Blues progression but all the Dom7 chords have been swapped out for Dom7(#5)’s.
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