Our newest CD, “Soliloquy“, features ten original compositions performed by a wonderful group of Kansas City musicians. This ensemble has been together for just over 7 years now and out of about 60 songs in our repertoire, we picked twelve to record in the studio, ten of which make up this album. The video below contains some of the music from the recording and some photos of the group working together and the Band Camp link at the bottom of the blog post will allow you to take a listen for free.
I’m offering the album in mp3 or Wave format for any modest donation between 1$ and 100$ via PayPal, be sure to mention that it’s for the album “Soliloquy” and I’ll send you a link to the files by email or you can purchase the album at CD baby or iTunes. There’s also a Band Camp link below so you can listen to the whole album for free if you’d like – Thank you for your support!
This play along covers Dominant 7th chords in all 12 keys. I’ve been enjoying using these tracks in both my personal practice and teaching for a while.
The bass and drums swing at 120bpm in 4/4 time while a dominant 7th shell voicing (root, 3rd, b7th) drones in the background.
This type of play along has been done before, but the use of the live bass and drums combined with a drone of the Dominant 7 shell voicing (root, 3rd, b7) makes it really easy to hear the Dominant 7th sound.
Also, since the tracks have minimal rhythmic comping from a chordal instrument I find these play alongs less distracting when working on ear training or a specific phrase, scale or melodic idea.
Since each track is only a shell voicing plus bass and drums, you can play any type of dominant 7th chord or chord scale when practicing.
For example, you can put on the C7 play along (below) and improvise using C7 mixolydian, lydian dominant, altered, b9 – b13, H.W. diminished, whole tone, or any other dominant 7 chord scale, or just play free over the dominant 7th sound.
Each track plays for 5 minutes, and you can pick just the dominant 7th shell drone (root, 3rd and b7th) or the Drum and Bass plus dominant 7th shell drone (24 tracks in all).
You can download the mp3s from CD baby here or find them on any of the common online mp3 distributors.
Below is and sample C7 track you can play along to: