Tag: Jazz

Linear Vocabulary: Trying to break old habits

In an effort to broaden my linear vocabulary, I devised an exercise that would force me to choose a different scale degree each time I landed on a particular chord. Here, I used the first part of John Coltrane’s “Countdown” and arbitrarily chose the F7 chord in the first bar as the parameter. In other words, the object was to construct seven different lines, the only restriction being that I use a different scale degree on the downbeat of the F7 chord in each of the seven lines.
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Neapolitan Major

A few years ago I cut out 12 felt squares, one for each degree of the chromatic scale, in hopes of letting chance help me to discover some new sounds.
One day I closed my eyes and picked out a group of seven notes which I subsequently learned are referred to by some as the Neapolitan Major mode. I played around with it a little, ran it through Mick Goodrick’s ‘Cycle 2’, and picked some different pedals to go underneath it.
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