Practical Theory: Improvising over a Minor Key Progression
In my last lesson, we covered the topic of improvising over a minor 7 chord.
This time around, we’re going to focus on improvising over a minor key progression.
For this lesson, we’ll use this progression:
| Am7 | G7 | FMaj7 | FMaj7 Bm7b5 |
For this particular progression, you can play the A minor Aeolian/A minor pentatonic scale, or as we discussed last time, you can view it as C Major ionian / C Major pentatonic instead.
Part 1 – Demo/Intro:
In this first part, I’ll demo my approach to this progression, and then start to break it down:
Part 2 – Breaking it down with scales:
Here, I describe the scales we can use (A minor Aeolian, A minor pentatonic, C Major pentatonic):
Part 3 – Breaking it down with chords:
We’ll now focus on thinking about this from a chord perspective, and how our note choice throughout the progression makes a difference: