I finally got around to finishing the “first chapter” in my online lesson series “Melodic Freedom: Soloing in jazz without scales.” As I mentioned in my last post, I’m trying to avoid a lot of theoretical discussion concerning chord scale relationships. Theory is a powerful tool and I would bet that a great majority of jazz artists are well aware of the relationships between the notes in their melodic lines and the chords that are sounding at any moment in time. I’d just prefer to present it in this way. Please feel free to write me with any comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first lesson demonstrates a couple of melodic ideas to be played over minor 7 chords. Lesson 2 shows how to use those same melodic ideas over major 7 chords. Lessons 3 and 4 put all that stuff to work and show how these melodic ideas can be used to play over major and minor ii- V- I progressions. As many of you know, ii-V-I progressions are everywhere in the standard jazz repertory.