#2
I would use D minor.
The notes are D E F G A Bb C D
(natural minor)

The chords go
D F A
C D F A
Bb D F Ab
A C# E G

When using the minor scale, it's very common to see a major seventh interval (C#) in this case rather than b7. So that's what's going on in the A7 chord, all you have is a 7th (C#) instead of a b7 (C).

The only other note that I would watch out for is the Ab in the Bb7 chord, as it will clash with certain notes in D minor
#3
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy


It sounds like something Mark Knopfler would play.

probably because this is basically the same chord progression as sultans of swing

i wouldn't even bother with scales - just pay attention to your chord tones to highlight each individual chord. but yeah, d minor would be the best 'universal' scale for the progression; still, i'd only use it as a "safe zone" in case you lose your pace at most.
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probably because this is basically the same chord progression as sultans of swing

i wouldn't even bother with scales - just pay attention to your chord tones to highlight each individual chord. but yeah, d minor would be the best 'universal' scale for the progression; still, i'd only use it as a "safe zone" in case you lose your pace at most.

It is the same chord progression! I didn't even realize that and I can play Sultans of Swing!

What do you mean chord tones?
#5
^ I would suggest using C minor and/or C minor pentatonic and/or C minor blues.
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#6
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^ I would suggest using C minor and/or C minor pentatonic and/or C minor blues.

In a song in the key or D minor? Seems a bit weird.
#7
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In a song in the key or D minor? Seems a bit weird.


Oh I just played along to a youtube vid of it, and it was in C minor. Maybe this version was tuned different, I dunno.

but yeah if its in D minor, play D minor / minor pent/ minor blues.
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#8
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
It is the same chord progression! I didn't even realize that and I can play Sultans of Swing!

What do you mean chord tones?


basically, work around the notes in each chord. with the d minor, work around d, f#, and a, with the c add the c on those, etc. you can use any scale you want as long as you highlight the notes in each chord for your desired feel because those notes will be the "strongest" in a melody over those chords.
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#9
All of the following notes will fit the progression

D D# E F F# G G# A Bb C C#

You just need to know how to use them.
#10
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All of the following notes will fit the progression

D D# E F F# G G# A Bb C C#

You just need to know how to use them.


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All of the following notes will fit the progression

D D# E F F# G G# A Bb C C#

You just need to know how to use them.



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#12
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
In a song in the key or D minor? Seems a bit weird.


just listened to it again.... it's in C minor. and the progression is similar to Sultans, but not the same.

scales that are appropriate/ most commonly used in this situation = C minor, C minor pentatonic, C minor blues


btw, there is a solo at around 1:15, sounds like it's using the minor pentatonic scale. Id suggest learning it to get some ideas and feel.
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#13
Here's another take on it; the A7 is the dominant (V) of D minor so it tonicizes and leads quite well back to the D. The Bb7 tonicizes the A7 through means of something called a tritone subsitution.

If you want to get thorough with this you can play D minor (pentatonic or natural) over the Dm and the Dm/C then Bb mixolydian on the Bb7 and then the 5th mode of D harmonic minor on the A7( aka D harmonic minor starting on A )

These scales would certainly add some spice to your playing... but maybe this isn't the style you're going for;

however the chords fly by so fast so I wouldnt worry about nailing every appropriate chord tone/ scale.

The "secret scale" in this case would simply by D minor (natural or pentatonic).