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Scales of latin and funk grooves

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    Stephan Gerber

    Good day Willie

    Hope you are well.

    Just a quick question.

    What scale choices would you use if you play latin and funk grooves?
    I can play latin and funk grooves, but I can’t figure out from what scales it’s coming from.

    Best regards


    Hi stephan

    I think it’s quite difficult to answer this question. It depends on the specific tune, and on the specific groove. Generally, funk grooves are in minor, so you can use minor scale, pentatotin scale, sometimes altered scale, and if you want to go “outside” for a moment, you can play the same scales, but 1/2 tone up or below. But remembre, on the beat 1 of the next bar, it’s better tocome to the previous scale. You can check “funk improvisation” 1, 2,3 4, and “cantaloupe island” lesson…

    For latin grooves, i thinks that it depends on the specific harmony of the tune…

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