Lesson 5 – Navigating 2-5-1 Chord Patterns

I wrote Two Fives Don’t Make a One specifically for this course. The melody closely and only follows the modes that pertain to each chord- Ionian, Dorian, and Mixolydian. Ionian is built on the first scale degree of a major, Dorian on the 2nd, and Mixo on the 5th scale degree. Notice how the melody in the 2nd half of the tune only goes down a half step on some notes. When you play along with the backing track and try improvising try using this technique. Play an idea in the first half then play the same idea in the second half while only changing the notes that don’t work to the nearest notes that do work.

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