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Augmented triad pattern going down in whole steps

Posted on August 26, 2009 by Sweets

Here is a pretty easy whole tone pattern you can use during solo breaks, at the end of Jazz tunes, or pretty much anywhere your mind can hear a good place to put it. It is simply augmented triads going down in whole steps. As simple as that sounds, the actual Jazz lick itself sounds great.

Augmented triad lick going down in whole steps.

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize this whole tone pattern in 12 keys:

Since this Jazz pattern is a whole tone pattern, you will only need to memorize the lick in 2 keys because it repeats itself no matter what note you start on. What this whole tone pattern does is starts on the 5th scale degree of the augmented triad, goes down the triad (3 notes), then repeats the process down a whole step each time. That’s all there is to it.

Mess around with it a little bit and you’ll have this whole tone pattern in your arsenal of Jazz licks in no time at all.

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2 to “Augmented triad pattern going down in whole steps”

  1. Jonathan B says:

    just wanted to say thanks for all the fantastic posts. truly awesome and JAZZY!

  2. Andy says:

    I like it, or actually, I should say, “I’m going to work on it and am looking fwd to getting it down.”

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