Inside and Alternative Soloing Scales for II-V-I Chord Progression in Major With Thomas Berglund

This lesson will help you choose scales to play over II-V-I chord progression in major.

Inside and Alternative Soloing Scales for II-V-I Chord Progression in Major With Thomas Berglund
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In this lesson I'll show inside and alternative scales to the II-V-I chord progression in major and I'll show it in G major.

The chords are: Am7 - D7 - Gmaj7

Inside Scales

When playing inside you can play the Am Dorian scale to the Am chord (Root - 2nd - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - minor 7th).

When you choose a scale you can find other scales within that scale. I think of scales that way and it's open up to find new ways in the "searching of scales." In the Am Dorian scale you'll find the A minor pentatonic scale (Root - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - minor 7th).

You'll also find the A minor triad and the Am7 chord tones.

You can play the D7 Mixolydian scale as inside scale to the D7 chord. (Root - 2nd - major 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - minor 7th).

There you'll find the D major pentatonic scale (Root - 2nd - major 3rd - perfect 5th - major 6th).

You'll also find the D major triad and the D7 chord tones.

As inside scale to the Gmaj7 chord you can use the G Ionian scale. (Root - 2nd - major 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - major 7th).

In the G Ionian scale you'll find the G major pentatonic scale (Root - 2nd - major 3rd - perfect 5th - major 6th).

You'll also find the G major triad and the Gmaj7 chord tones.

The Am Dorian, D7 Mixolydian and the Gmaj7 Ionian scales have the same tones but they creates different sounds because of the different modes! This can be quite confusing when you soloing with the same scale over these chords. A way to hear the modes clear is to practice the scales in modal soloing. With modal soloing I mean over one chord. Start with the Am7 chord and soloing with the Dorian scale and go through these three chords and you'll learn to hear how the different modes sounds quite clear.

Alternative Scales

When playing alternative scales I choose the Am Dorian scale to the Am chord (Root - 2nd - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - minor 7th).

It's the same as the inside scale on that chord but inside the Am Dorian scale you'll find the E minor pentatonic scale to soloing with (Root E - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - minor 7th).

You can play the D7 altered scale as alternative scale to the D7 chord. (Root - lowered 2nd (9th) - raised 2nd (9th) - major 3rd - raised 4th - raised 5th - minor 7th) or the dominant diminished scale that's a symmetric scale starts with a semitone then there are whole tone and semitone every 2nd time. (Root - lowered 2nd (9th) - raised 2nd (9th) - major 3rd - raised 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - minor 7th).

You can also soloing on the F minor pentatonic scale (Root F - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - minor 7th) on D7 when it's have a lots of altered tones.

Alternative scale to the Gmaj7 chord you can play the G Lydian as the base scale. The tones in the G Lydian scale are (Root - 2nd - major 3rd - raised 4th - perfect 5th - major 6th - major 7th). When you choose the G Lydian scale you'll find the F# minor pentatonic scale (Root F# - minor 3rd - perfect 4th - perfect 5th - minor 7th).

When choosing the pentatonic alternative scales there's a quite cool way to soloing with E minor pentatonic scale on Am7 to F minor pentatonic on D7 to F# minor pentatonic on Gmaj7. That's sounds really good in my ears.

These scales are my suggestions and the intention with this lesson is to give you a tool to find your own scales. I will also say that the inside and alternative scales are individual depending on what style you play and how you want it to sound. So... choose a diatonic scale or another sort of scale and find pentatonic scales, triads and 7th chord tones within that scale and you'll find new ways to choose scales to a particular chord.

A chart over the scales I'll show in this video lesson looks like this:



Good luck!

About the Author:
Thomas Berglund is a musician that has played in many different styles through the years and he has his heart in music with improvisation. He also works as a guitar teacher and has a YouTube channel with guitar lessons, releases and concert videos. Here's his guitar lessons website. Feel free to subscribe to hisĀ YouTube channel to get the latest from Thomas.

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