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A Blues Substitution Exercise
by Earles L. McCaul

It's been awhile, but I thought you'd like to know that I'm using some of your material in my jazz classes, specifically your Blues Chord Substitutions (see below). Of particular interest was the ending turnaround in the 4th example down, where the bars 11 [ E7 - C#7 ] and 12 [ F#m7 - B7 ] chords suggest the old standard Deep Purple as done by Nino Tempo & April Stevens.

Bar:
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E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7E7E7
E7 A7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7E7B7
E7 A7E7E7A7A7 E7C#7F#m7B7E7B7
E7 A7E7Bm7-
E7
A7A#o E7C#7F#m7B7E7-
C#7
F#m7-
B7
E7 A7E7Bm7-
E7
A7Am7 G#m7C#7F#m7B7E7-
C#7
F#m7-
B7
E13 A9E7E9A9A#o E13-
D#13
D13-
C#13
F#m7B13E13-
C#7#9
F#13-
B7#9
EM7 F#m7-
Go
G#m7Bm7-
E7
A7Am7-
D9
G#m7Gm7F#m7B7E7-
C#7
F#m7-
B7
EM7 D#m7b5-
G#7
C#m7-
F#7
Bm7-
E7
AM7Am7-
D9
GM7Gm7-
C9
F#m7F#m11-
F7b5
E7-
C#7#9
F#m7-
B7b9
EM7 D#m7b5-
G#7#5
C#m7-
F#13
Bm7-
E13
A13Am7 G#m7Gm7F#m7B9EM7-
GM7
CM7-
B7#9
Fm7-
Bb7
D#m7-
G#7
C#m7-
F#7
Bm7-
E7/A#
A7Am7-
D9
GM7Gm7-C9FM7F#m7-
B7
EM7-
G13
F#13-
F13

I use this turnaround to specifically "illustrate" the jazz addage of "...hold two, move two..." First I have the students first play the standard chords: E7 (fret5), C#7 (fret 2), F#m7 (fret 2) and B7 (nut) to get the feel and sound of the changes. And, then, I show them how to play the same thing at fret 7 with absolute minimal hand / finger movement! And, the only change made is an extension of the C#7 chord to a C#9 chord (see below).


As "homework" I have them practice all 10 examples. As classroom exercise, I have them improvise over the last (10th) example. While certainly more jazz than blues, your 10 examples are nevertheless an excellent "bridge" for learning how to "...play the same thing..." ten different ways.


Earles L. McCaul is a long time Tucson, Arizona guitarist that over the years has contributed other interesting lessons including "A Simple' Short-Cut Method For Creating Jazz Chords" and "An Intervalic Approach to the Harmonized Minor Scales" as well as arrangements of Moonlight In Vermont, One Note Samba , and Girl From Ipanema.


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