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Spice Up Your Lines With a Dash of Chromaticism

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Understanding that ‘chord tones are king’, is often talked about but frequently misunderstood.  The whole premise of this principle is that the first step to understanding how to play over a set of chord changes is to first focus on the chord tones and not the scales as your primary source material to create meaningful and musical lines.

Once you understand this basic concept, then you must start to ‘spice up’ or embellish the chord tones to create a sense of tension and release in your lines.  This is tantamount to adding a bit of garlic or fresh chilies to a somewhat bland meal.  The source material to implement this kind of embellishment goes deep, but a good place to start is with chromatic approach notes.

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