No pianist has influenced the modern approach to jazz piano more than McCoy Tyner…
From players like Chick Corea and Mulgrew Miller to non-pianists like Woody Shaw and Michael Brecker, McCoy has left his mark on generations of serious improvisers.
And one distinctive element of his approach to improvising is his creative use of the pentatonic scale.
But it’s more than the five simple notes that most musicians think of using over a minor chord. As you’ll soon learn below, the pentatonic scale can add a wealth of harmonic and melodic possibilities to your solos.
Take a listen to McCoy Tyners’ solo on Blues on the Corner from the album The Real McCoy:
The Blues is a form that every improviser must learn and master if they want to become a proficient player. You can approach it with blues language, bebop, or even modern and outside approaches – it all comes together in the blues.
And today we’re going look at 3 creative ways McCoy Tyner uses the pentatonic scale on the blues…
1) Using the Minor Pentatonic Scale over Dominant Chords
If you’ve subscribed to JazzAdvice I’m guessing you’ve learned more than a few options for improvising over V7 chords.
And you probably have a few tricks up your own sleeve when it comes to creating solos over this sound…
However, one scale that many players don’t think about on V7 chords is the minor pentatonic scale. And that’s exactly what we’re going to look … Read More