Here is an exercise using the “chordal scale” as taught by legendary recording session bass player and jazz guitarist Carol Kaye.
The idea behind the chordal scale is that it is meant to get you hearing and playing using chords based on the notes of a scale verses just running up and down scales. Bebop and other jazz soloists based their playing on chords that can be played over a given key or tonic centre and not just scales. So getting used to playing in this way can open your ears to more harmonic possibilities in your playing and in particular soloing in a jazz context.
This exercise plays triad arpeggios outlining the chords up and down the key of G Major. The chords in the exercise are G, Am, Bm, C, D, Em, F# diminished which equal the I, ii, iii, IV, V, vi, vii chords.
For the sheet music to go with this lesson go to http://www.bassguitarlessons.com.au/bass-guitar-lessons-carol-kaye-chordal-scale.html
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