Sunday, July 24, 2005

Melodic Minor

I’ve been looking at Stella by Starlight and the Keith Jarrett version for the past couple days. I started working on the transcription of Jarrett’s intro while also working on understanding and improvising over the form on my own. I’m working through the Mark Levine book and practicing my melodic minor modes. I’m using a different approach than the book suggests. I’m learning the Alt. Dominant and half-diminished scales as entities unto themselves rather than derivative modes of the melodic minor scale. It makes more sense to me this way and I know where the chord tones are. We’ll see how it works in the long run. Because of all this work, my ability to play through changes is better. I have to admit I was pretty poor when it came to min7b5 chords and diminished chords. Mark noted in his book that there are only 3 diminished chords. All of the inversions are all the other chord voicings. I don’t know why I didn’t know this before, but I was glad to learn. It got me working on my minor 3rd arpeggios and diminished scales. I’ll try to put of a recording of some improvising through Stella soon.


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