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Watch the Altered Scale Lick online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

"Funky Alterations" is a four bar musical idea generated out of the sound of the altered scale. This is played over a B7alt chord with a funky backing track. You'll be able to hear how this scale really highlights the chromatic alterations of the dominant seventh chord. At the same time, the dominant sound is omnipresent. Sometimes getting comfortable with dealing with all of this tension can be challenging. Hopefully this musical idea will help you begin to gain familiarity with this sound.