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‘Jimmy Mack’ in the course
Learn how to play Jimmy Mack
In the step by step course, I’ll first take you through how to play each section, all over the neck.
There are four lessons and nine videos as well as TAB, and live band loops to practice along to.
Step by step, you’ll learn not just how to play the song, but also map out the fretboard with barre chord shapes and Pentatonic scales. We also work on using chord substitution to achieve bigger sounds such as maj7 and min9.
After practicing all sections individually, including how to play the horn section solo! I play the full song from beginning to end, in an improvised way. This way you can see all the ideas and concepts applied.
The final stage is for you to play with the band.
The chord progression of ‘Jimy Mack’ is played in the key of Db.
| Ebm | Gb | Dbmaj7| Gb |
| Ebm | Gb | Dbmaj7| Gb Ab |
||: Db Gb :|| x3 | Gb Ab |
||: Db Gb :|| x8
To make the arrangement more exciting, we can extend some of these chords. For example, a Db chord to a Dbmaj7.
Extending VS Substituting chords
There are two ways to extend a chord. The first is the traditional way, it works like this:
By picking every other note from a scale we get a chord. Keep doing this and your chord becomes bigger.
For example, to achieve a Dbmaj7, instead of Db, you could look for the next ‘every other note’ in the scale and include it, now you have a maj7 chord.
Next up would be a maj9 chord, etc.
In the key of Db, Db is chord I and the scale is the major scale (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13). No sharp or flat intervals.
Due to the intervals of the scale, the chords available become Db, Dbmaj7, Dbmaj9, Dbmaj11 and Dbmaj13.
The problem with this way of constructng chords is that we get too many notes to fit on the guitar. Few guitar parts sound good with more than three strings…
A solution to this dilemma is to substitute. Instead of building up the scale using ‘every other note’, we move to the next ‘every other triad’.
These are the triads of Db major:
Db (I) Ebm (II) Fm (III) Gb (IV) Ab (V) Bbm (VI) Cdim (VII)
- To build a Db chord, we play Db
- To build a Dbmaj7 chord, we play Fm
- To build a Dbmaj9 chord, we play Ab
As long as you know what key you are in, and all the roman numerals available, you can extend your chords in this way.
In the step by step course, You get to try this experiment with a real band, playing a real song, namely ‘Jimy Mack;.