Fwd: XB-40/Rhythm Changes

The obvious choices would be the position(s) that contain the most 
chord fragments. Most but not all of the chords in rhythm changes are 
from the diatonic major scale, making first position an obvious 
choice, with second and twelfth coming close.

When we get into the non-diatonic chords in the sequence, they 
include the I dominant 7th chord (favored by second position), and I 
diminished 7th chord (favored by 12th as three of its four notes are 
available without bending).

Then there are the secondary dominant 7th chords, some of them 
optional, that may fall on the 6th and 7th degrees of the scale. 
These require a raised tonic and raised fourth degree respectively, 
both reached by lowering the note above. The major third of these 
chords, being bent, may be difficult to play in chords, but some 
combinations of the root, tonic, and seventh will be available 

Scales to investigate:

- - The six-note blues scale on the tonic, which can be superimposed on 
any of these chords. Possibly blues scales based on other degrees as 

Tonic Diminished scale for use over the Idim7 chord.

Substitute dominant scales (diminished, melodic minor) to use over 
the various dominant 7th chords in the progression.

Various major and minor pentatonics.

Do I have answers? No. But some of these considerations may help 
direct exploration.


- --- In harp-l-archives@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, jazmaan <dmf273@xxxx> wrote:

My question is, what position would give you the best opportunities 
for a little bit of
chording here and there through Rhythm changes?  1st?  12th?   3rd 
seems to minor-ish
for "I Got Rhythm".

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