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The John Coltrane Pentatonic guitar version

The unusual musical shapes the notes of the Coltrane Pentatonic produce provide a wealth of challenging material for the player looking for new sophisticated sounds and unexpected melodic challenges.

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The John Coltrane pentatonic

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Hi, listening to John Coltrane's, incredibly lyrical solo on wise one from his deeply spiritual Crescent album, I came across a group of notes that intrigued me, that I transcribed so that I could start playing around and experimenting with. So in this video, I wish to share my discoveries and hope that this may inspire you to do the same. Here are the five notes that so caught my attention starting on a

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as there are five notes and John Coltrane played them. I'm going to call these notes together, the John Coltrane pentatonic. As after all it is my video,

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ACE guitarist and friend Damian Poots will now demonstrate some of the exercises from the accompanying PDF available at the examples are all in C minor, so they contain just these five notes. However, the harmonic accompaniment will vary to show just over how many different chords it is possible to superimpose this Coltrane pentatonic, which for me makes it so remarkable.

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Now let's hear the Coltrane pentatonic over just two minor chords. A semi-tone apart, the same chords Trane used on his classic impression and Miles Davis on So What. I hear though from C minus seven to C sharp minus seven as it is my video, I am going to demonstrate it this time with Damien on rhythm guitar one, two, three, four. Now I am pretty much going to play the same verbatim notes, but this time breaking up the relentless eights with some rhythm spicing up the proceedings.

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Now changing down a gear. Let's see, exercise three from the PDF played over and eternal progression of chords I came up with after transcribing the solo changes to Wise One by Coltrane rubato time again

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the theoretical breakdown of this eternal progression and a playalong MP3 are included in the digital package. Let's now try superimposing the Coltrane pentatonic over a classic Jazz progression used on vamps and as a cadence, a seven altered to D minor six and over this D minor, Damien will blade the Trane and D minor pentatonic. And over the eight seven altered, he will play the B flat minor Coltrane pentatonic which yields the flat nine the sharp nine major third augmented fifth and flattened at seventh what a feast.

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we can keep the same exact verbatim notes Damien played, but change the harmony to create different amazing sound emotions.

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let's try now. Superimposing the Trane pentatonic over a minor to minus seven flat five five seven one minor so in D minor e minor seven flat five eight seven altered to D minor to B minus five so on the E minus seven flat five Damien will play the G minor Coltrane pentatonic and on the eight seven altered he will play the B flat Trane and over the D minor and beat minus seven flat five chords. He will play the D minus six Trane pentatonic

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To conclude today's presentation, we will try superimposing the Coltrane pentatonic over the stunning cords off is agonizing. Beautiful tune Wise One

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I have prepared a package of Coltrane pentatonic patterns to play in 12 keys, which includes some play long MP3s for you to practice available at purchasing this helps support me in the production future. Videos like this one. Thanks for watching.