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Major triad pairs from the Coltrane Matrix

Posted on August 12, 2009 by Sweets

Here is something you can work on, it’s not the easiest pattern to master in all 12 keys, but it’s a good Jazz exercise to work. This major triad pair combination from the Coltrane Matrix can be used on a lot of different styles of music, especially modal tunes.

Major Triad Pair from the Coltrane Matrix.

Here is a sound sample played on trumpet:

How to memorize this pattern in all 12 keys:

There really isn’t any trick to memorizing this Jazz pattern in 12 keys. The main advice I can give you is that a lot of repetition and hard work will get you there. Basically, all you are doing in the above example is playing the major triad of the fourth and fifth degree of the C major scale. I don’t stick to a solid pattern when I work on the lick. I just skip around going through all 12 keys until I find a pattern that sounds really hip, then I lean on that pattern.

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  1. Tim Fox says:

    I’m not getting how this lick comes from the Coltrane Matrix? Could you clarify for me? Thanks for all the great licks!

  2. Sweets says:

    The pattern is in the Coltrane Matrix book. That’s where I got it from. It’s just one of the exercises. There is a triad pair for every chord change. Major, minor, augmented, diminished, dominant, etc…

  3. Tim Fox says:

    Ah! OK. I need to get that book. Thanks, again, for sharing.

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  5. JT says:

    IS there actually a book called the coltrane matrix? If so where can one get it? Thanks, great video…

  6. Sweets says:

    There actually is, but I don’t know where to get it. I’ve only seen a copied version of part of it. It’s some really technical stuff to work on too.

  7. Eric says:

    Supposedly you can find info about the coltane matrix in Yusef lateef’s book called Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns. I read that’s where you you can find it in a book written by a jazz professor of mine I had in college. He said Yusef was friends with coltrane and he received his drawings of the matrices as a gift in 1960 and he ended up using them in his book…

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