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mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

Music is your only friend....
Jan 24th, 2015 12:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Absolutely nuthin'?

Old horror films?


Seriously......

Dolemite
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Pop That Thang

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Jan 24th, 2015 12:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

First thing that comes to mind is playing it over an altered dominant/bV chord.

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Jan 24th, 2015 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Intro to Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" mostly a whole tone ascension

Lil' Stevie!!

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Jan 24th, 2015 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is more in popular music out there, just gotta put my thinkin cap on!

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Jan 24th, 2015 08:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just Googled it, and may help for your applications:

"The V chord in the Beatles' "Oh Darling" is Aug7th (and so too are all the V chords of many of the Doo Wop songs that that tune is emulating)."

...So the whole tone would 'fit' with/following this type of chord, leading back to the I (or wherever!).
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AND... from Premier Gtr magazine:

"My personal, all-time favorite use of the whole-tone scale is by King Crimson’s guitarist and composer, Robert Fripp. I think “Fracture,” from the album Starless and Bible Black, is one of the greatest pieces of guitar music ever composed, period. It’s also one of the most challenging pieces you will ever try to play. And it’s also composed exclusively from the whole-tone scale."



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(This message was last edited by Cal Webway at 10:49 AM, Jan 24th, 2015)

Te 52

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Jan 24th, 2015 03:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a good scale to go over a dominant 7th or 9th chord with a #5 or a b5.

It's also used in nearly every Hollywood "dream sequence" you can think of, usually played on a harp.

Tyrone Shuz

USA

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Jan 24th, 2015 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep, aug chord or 7+5 or 7b5

The end of the first lick in Stray Cat Strut is a whole tone scale.

I do a whole tone lick in my youtube trailer video over a 7+5 chord, see below:

2:06 to 2:08

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Jan 27th, 2015 04:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A nice little trick to sound kinda jazzy "outside", is, over a minor 7th chord, play notes from the whole tone scale that starts a 1/2 step away from the root (in either direction, obviously). Gives you a nice altered sound without having to think about it too much.

mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

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Jan 28th, 2015 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That might suit me.

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Feb 4th, 2015 06:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

bottom line:

Just play around w it!!

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Feb 27th, 2015 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I heard the Tempt's "Just My Imagination" the other day and it made me think that in the ascending instrumentation part it uses whole steps.

and as mentioned, it creates a 'dream-like' effect.

Cal Webway
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Poet Lariat
Mar 7th, 2015 04:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm not gonna leave this thread alone!

Going thru a not too old GP mag and found a page on playing whole tones.
What the player does is incorporate it harmonically rather than single line stuff.

I will later post the issue/date

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May 31st, 2015 06:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Makes me thing of rocket ships!

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