Two Additional, Musically Haunting Uses for Maj7b5

Today I’m going to present another two interesting and intriguing ways to repurpose the sus4b2, or maj7b5, arpeggio shapes that we’ve been working with in the previous three lessons (GW November, December and Holiday 2017 issues) and show you how to use them to create harmonically tense and haunting sounds that convey dark, jazz-flavored chord qualities and voicings using single notes. I’ll then demonstrate some cool ways to apply these arpeggios to melodic patterns across a standard, four-chord minor-key progression.

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.