The Major Blues Scale over “Georgia”
In this lesson we create a soulful arrangement for the tune “Georgia on my mind”. The tune follows a 32 bar, A1-A2-B-A2 form. The A sections are major and then in the bridge the harmony switches to the relative minor.
Ray Charles’ performance of this tune has become the definitive recording but ‘Gerogia’ has also been recorded by many of the jazz greats such as Oscar Peterson and Louis Armstrong and Wes Montgomery.
In part 1 we play through the form with some simple voicings so we understand the harmonic movement and the chords that we will come across. We then introduce the major blues scale concept which can be used to improvise over major chords, dominant chords, and entire major 251 progressions.
In part 2 we then play through again adding more complex voicings, passing chords and some bluesy and soulful licks and lines.