Carol Kaye Chordal Scale – Bass Guitar Lesson

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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16 comments

  1. I would say less talking and more showing the notes… the demonstration's a little fast and quick… just saying.

  2. WOW! – Who knew that Carol Kaye was born during that time period in Human History known as the Renaissance of the 15th through the 17th centuries where she developed the "Concept of Chordal Tones!"

    Thank you for this most corrective spurious factoid, Mr. Anthony Pell

  3. lame

  4. Your post would be much more effective if your instrument was plugged in so we could actually hear it.

  5. you are right 'blueman2bass' but chordal scale was a Bach thing way back too. Bach compose some serious chordal tone movements that are so awesome.

  6. I was blown away when I saw that Carol Kaye video last year, and I placed the teachings in the back of my head, and now I must Learn how to play those Chordal notes as she says.

  7. You can also use each of the chordal notes as starting points for intervals. takes it into another dimension, so to speak.

  8. u got your majors rong

  9. Hi, I really would like to practice this and all of it's variations. Do you have a book on these chordal excersises?

  10. Im on it now thanks

  11. Tell 'em! Too many people don't understand the history of things; I find that in general, not just in the music world.

  12. thanks for that

  13. thanks for that

  14. Worth noting that you didn't mention (took me a minute to figure this out). You are going up one chord, then down the next….so, up G, down Am, up Bm, down C….not up G, down G, up Am, down Am, etc.

  15. Note Bebop has only one "e". Maybe you are practicing with a can of tuna near you?

  16. SORRY BUDDY BUT CHORDAL SCALE WAS DEVELOPED DURING THE BEE BOP ERA OF THE 1940s &50s "CHARLIE PARKER" DIZZY GILLESPIE" JOHN COLTRANE"THELONIOUS MONK". ALL INSPIRED BY THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE OF THE 1930s "FATS WALLER" DUKE ELLINGTON"JELLY ROLL MORTON"WILLIE THE LION SMITH" ASK CAROL KAYE SHE KNOWS. SHE WILL TELL YOU THE SAME. SHE IS A STUDENT OF THE OLD JAZZ SCHOOL. SHE CAN NAME ALL THESE MUSICIANS AND TELL YOU WHO DID WHAT AND WHEN THEY DID IT, .NICE VID I GAVE YOU THUMBS UP

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