Popular Bebop Approaches for Minor 7th Chords
Learning bebop can feel completely overwhelming. There are so many approaches over so many chords and then connecting them is a whole other ball game.
To help you out, I’m going to show you the most POPULAR bebop approaches I use on a daily basis and at all my gigs. Today I’ll cover minor 7th chords and specifically what I play over each chord tone. Enjoy!
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