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Watch the Jazzy Minor Blues online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Survival Guide - Lead

Along with octaves the main concept of this study are chord tones. As I discuss in the breakdown, I am outlining the changes by landing on the notes contained in each chord. The main and best choices for a 7th chord of any kind are the 3rd and 7th. Certainly the root is a clear choice but it can get a little dull and predictable. The 3rd tells us if a chord is major or minor. The 7th lets us know what kind of 7th chord it is. So what better choices do we have to outline that chord? The answer is none, none better choices... (In my best Nigel Tufnel) The best way to practice this is SLOWLY! First, lay out what the chord tones are for each chord on paper. Write them out, then take a look at what notes are common if any, take a look at what notes are close by. You will see that often there is not much movement between notes in the chords, usually a half or a whole step. For example in the first chord Bbm, the 3rd is Db. This note is also the 7th of the IVm7 chord Ebm7, pretty cool eh? We can outline two key notes of these chords by playing one note. For the Vm7 chord, Ebm7, all we need to do is move up a whole step to nail the root of the chord. So two notes nailed the changes. Now look at your paper and see what else you can see!