How to create melodies that connect relative major and minor chords

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Over the last two columns, we looked at various ways to craft melodic solos over alternating relative major and minor chords. As a basis for study, I used the 16-bar chord progression from my original song Twilights, which includes two different sets of relative major and minor chords. This time, I’d like to offer some additional examples of approaches to melodic soloing over this progression.

The Twilights progression begins with an alternating two-bar pattern of F(sus2) to Dm(sus2), played four times. The progression then modulates to a different key while switching the order of the relative major and minor chords; in bars 9-14, the relative minor chord comes first – Gm – followed by its relative major, Bb. 

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.