Brian Haner Sr.

The Minor 6 Arpeggio - Lesson 109

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Gabriel Perez

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These advanced arpeggio lessons have been helping me a ton in the jazz ensemble I'm in. Really gives me my own voice as well as giving some of the music we're playing a lot more spice. And for my Jazz jury I'm doing All of Me and that's really coming along nicely. Thank you!
 
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Calvin Phillips

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Gminor is relative to bflat major. So.. theoretically I should be able to play my fm6 arpeggio over gminor just as I would over bflat major yes? I've been trying to figure this out all day and the notes just dont add up.

My fifth for bflat is f. So.. I should be able to play that minor 6 over the major 9 right? And if that is the case.. wouldn't it make it the same case for gminor?

I tried using my a minor example and followed it and I haven't played it out yet but if not notes dont add up unless I'm adding tension it doesnt make sense to me. There isnt even a g in the Fminor 6 but which is why it is throwing me off so bad. There also not a bflat. I know we dont care .for the root there but I'd like to think some of the other notes should add up.

Is there something I'm missing here?
 
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Yeah. You're missing something. Not sure exactly what you're saying. Gm is relative to BbMaj. So you can interchange those. Fm6 has nothing to do with Gm or BbMajor. However - you can play a Fm6 over a Bb Dominant7 chord - Bb7, Bb9, Bb13. Make sense?
 

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Alright with a flatted 5th I get an e. So I'm assuming the em6 can play over my bflatmajorflat5? Please tell me I got it right this time lol
 

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OK. Let's take the Am6 arpeggio - which is what I show in the lesson.
It works over Am6 (obviously)
It works over C Major (with the caveat that it has an F# - which is a #11 or b5. So keep in mind the F# will sound "out" unless you have a Major chord with a b5 or #11. Definitely has a Lydian sound. Sometimes it's nice to play it over a straight Maj7 chord and resolve your F# note to a G. Tension/release)
It works over D9. (Basically it's a D9 without the root)
It works over a F#m7b5. (Same exact notes - different roots)
And lastly it works over any Ab Dominant altered chord. (Ab7b5, Ab7b5b9, etc. Uber-jazzy sound)

The tricky thing here is how to connect the dots and find the right min6 arpeggio for the chord you're playing. In other words - you don't want to think, "What can I play an Am6 arpeggio over?" You want to think from the chord you're playing, e.g. What min6 arpeggio works over a D9? ALWAYS work from the chord.
So let's reverse engineer this.
So for a Major chord - think relative minor. (The relative minor - or 6th - of C is A)
For a Dom7 or 9 chord, think the 5th of the chord. (The 5th of a D9 is A)
For a min7b5 chord, think the 3rd of the chord. (the 3rd of a F#m7b5 is A)
For an Ab Alt chord think 1/2 step up. (A half step up from the root of a Ab7b5#9 is A)

Hope that makes sense!
Cheers!
PG
 

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That's what I was doing was trying to work from b flat but when I go and look at the chords they dont line up. Are you basically saying that not every 9 chord will give you the answer? Cause if I have to go and look it up myself then that explains the problem i had. I was going straight to my bflat9 to find the m6 for b flat.
 

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That's what I was doing was trying to work from b flat but when I go and look at the chords they dont line up. Are you basically saying that not every 9 chord will give you the answer? Cause if I have to go and look it up myself then that explains the problem i had. I was going straight to my bflat9 to find the m6 for b flat.
Actually you know what I just realize how badly I was over complicating it after reading your response again.. lol
 
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