Micro Lesson 238: "A Minor" Pop-Jazz Groove


Welcome to... "Micro-Lesson 238"

This Micro Lesson works through a funky pop-jazz seventh-chord groove in the key of "A Minor." 

The groove plays into the key's tonic chord by way of the Vth, VIth and IVth chords of the "A Minor" harmony. 

In measure one the progression begins off of the key's V-chord of "E Minor 7." This pulls up to the VI-chord "F maj.7" and then drops down in the key to the IV-chord of "D Minor 7." The sound is made unique by the choice of voicings. So, pay attention to the upper chord tones on the 2nd string as each chord in the measure passes by. 

In measure two, we make our resolution into the tonic chord of "A Minor 7th." The third measure brings us back through the Vth and VIth chords similar to measure one. However, things take a twist on our harmony upon beat three where the II-chord enters (Bm7b5). 

This is a strong harmony in our minor key and acts to pull into a Dominant V-chord. The chord of "E7" appears in the final measure and acts in a way to powerfully pull in the Tonic chord once again. The chord changes are very typical of Minor key progressions, but the voicings, melodic upper register and syncopated groove leave us with an effect that promotes the style of "Pop-Jazz." 

Learn the chord shapes, fingerings, and chord changes first. Then, bring the groove up to speed with a metronome. Enjoy!

Micro Lesson 238: "A Minor" Pop-Jazz Groove





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