Kumoi Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives 2

by | Jazz Improvisation

This is the 2nd in a series of “Coltrane Guitar Perspectives” on using pentatonics. If you missed the first one be sure to check it out here. In it I show you how the legendary John Coltrane pioneered the use of the common minor pentatonic in jazz by super-imposing it over different chord progressions!

In this follow up, I want to introduce you to another minor pentatonic which has a very unique and exotic sound. This one was sometimes used by Coltrane and later post bop musicians over several modes of the melodic minor! I’m referring to the Kumoi Minor Pentatonic which is actually derived from the tuning of the Japanese Koto string instrument.

Like I did with the previous pentatonic, in this video I teach you how to create lines from motivic sequences as well as show you some “ready to play” II-V-I lines using exclusively the Kumoi Minor Pentatonic.


The Kumoi Pentatonics: Coltrane Perspectives Part 2 lesson files, can be downloaded for $8.50. The download includes the following files: a PDF with all the super-imposition theory explained in the lesson, 10 minor ascending and descending sequences, 8 II-V-I lines, all in regular notation and TAB; a super-imposition map of all the minor pentatonics used over the changes to “All The Things You Are”,  MP3s of all examples, Band in a Box file to practice, and and Midi file so you can practice using the free downloadable notation app: “Muse Score”.

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