Chord Tones in Bb Blues Solo

Chord Tones in Bb Blues Solo

Bob Sinicrope
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Milton Academy

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



High School




Computer, Coda Notepad, Internet access


20 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

They have to be able to read notes on the staff and know chord tones for Bb7, Eb7, F7

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding


Computer Internet and e-mail access to e-mail CODA Notepad A transcription of a Bb Blues Jazz Solo

Bb Eb Triad Voice Leading Sheet (Finale)
Bb7 Eb7 Voice Leading Sheet (Finale)


To show the students how prominently chord tones are used in many jazz solos. To recognize and identify chord tones in a jazz solo.


Students will be e-mailed a copy of a transcription of a simple Bb Blues solo. They will be asked to identify what notes from the first chorus of this solo are chord tones and which specific chord tones are being played.


I will send them a version of the solo with the chord tones identified on the computer version and the non-chord tones hidden from view. They can compare their results with mine.

Follow Up:

The students could analyze the additional solos which might be more harmonically challenging.

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