How to expand your chordal palate and melodic lines by converting to min/ma7 voicings from the Jazz Melodic Minor scale. I will show how the min/ma7 relates to all of the common chord functions: I minor, I major, II subdominant, V7 w/ natural tensions, and V7 w/ altered tensions. By using each function in context of the common II-V-I progression, students can open their ears and create more modern sounding voicings. I’ll then apply each concept over a standard tune to demonstrate how the harmony opens up. Having a wide vocabulary of ways to voice the melodic minor sound will open the door to using it for inventing lines.

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Melodic Minor Madness
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    Sheryl, I downloaded your newest Mike’s Master Class yesterday, along with Boot Camp II & III and Melodic Minor Madness. These classes are consistently excellent. Thanks again. I really like your tip about Dorian b2 (mel. minor mode 2) being a dom. 7sus(b9) chord scale rather than a minor chord scale. That actually makes the scale usable–imagine that! (I did a Youtube video in which I opined that that scale was not very usable–maybe I should reshoot that video.)

    – Scot Gormley (Columbus, OH)

    ~ SCOT GORMLEY (February 10, 2011)

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