Some useful thoughts on improvising over minor chords posted originally by :>)azzTechs#
In this tutorial we’ll have a look at the guitar scales, arpeggios and substitutions we can use to improvise over minor guitar chords, so we can make our guitar solos more interesting. Unless specified, we take a Dm chord as example. Here’s a roundup:
The 3 minor diatonic scales (Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian) are the obvious choice for playing over minor chords. Which of the 3 scales you play depends on the harmonic setting and the function of the chords you are playing over.
The Dorian mode is played over II chords, like in a II V I chord progression.
We’ll take a 2 5 1 in C major as an example:
|Dm7 |G7 |Cmaj7 |% |
|II |V |I | |
Over the Dm7 we play the D Dorian scale:
|D Dorian||D E F G A B C|
|Over Dm7||1 9 b3 11 5 6 b7|
Here’s the scale chart for D Dorian mode in its root position:
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