Juampy explores a scale that few will be readily familiar with, despite its prevalence in  jazz and classical music. This scale is the seven-note Melodic minor #5.

The sound of the scale is diminished –  dark and tense sound with a hint of an eastern flavour. He shows how this can be used in both blues and jazz settings.

The seven-note C Melodic minor #5 is spelled C,D,Eb,F, G#,A,B

This scale is a subset from the eight-note Diminished  scale:

i.e., The C Diminished would be spelled: C.D,Eb,F,F#,G#.A,B.

So the Melodic minor omits the sharped 5th note contained in the eight note Diminished scale.

(It is identical to the 8-note C Diminished scale without the F# / #4th.)

This scale creates new chords that were used a lot by the expressionist composers, like Richard Strauss, Wagner. 

Jazz composers such as Wayne Shorter and  Herbie Hancock employed this scale.

Many may be familiar with it from the compositions of Alan Holdsworth.

Juampy offers many single-line  and chordal exercises to get familiar with this, cycling through the modes for familiarity with the different offspring.

Juampy explores:

  • Application of different chord qualities.
    This where he goes in depth, playing over different tonalities – minor , major 7, dominant and half-diminished sounds.
  • Blues:
    He then applies this information with playing over major and minor blues progressions.
  • Jazz:
    Going even further, he shows you how to apply this information to standards, in particular 2-5-1 applications.
  • Quartal harmony:
    Of compositional interest is his section on quartile and cluster sounds, where he applies the Melodic minor #5 to quartile harmonies.

One of the most satisfying courses on a type of harmony that you will find very little information elsewhere in either books or on the internet.

Congratulations to the depth of research and practical examples on this course to Mr. Juarez.

Course Description by Mike Bryant

  • Running time: 67 minutes
  • 8 pages of PDF material

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Melodic Minor #5 Scale Full Class + Download 01:07:43
WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED THE MELODIC MINOR #5 SCALE?
Intro Performance 00:01:28
Introducing the Melodic Minor #5 Scale 00:01:25
Mode 1 – C Ionian b3#5 00:01:43
Mode 2 – D Phrygian #4nat6 00:01:45
Mode 3 – Eb Lyd Augmented #3 00:05:51
Mode 4 – F Mixolydian #2#4 (The Magic Mode) 00:03:55
Mode 5 – G# Altered bb6bb7 00:05:17
Mode 6 – A Aeolian b5nat7 00:05:22
Mode 7 – B Altered nat6 00:04:03
APPLICATION ON DIFFERENT CHORD QUALITIES
Modes over Minor Sound 00:03:17
Modes over Major7 Sound 00:02:17
Modes over Dominant Sound 00:02:09
Modes over Half Diminished Sound 00:04:17
NEW SOUNDS ON THE BLUES
New Sounds on The Major Blues – Explanation 00:04:03
New Sounds on The Major Blues – Demonstration 00:01:04
Minor Blues Colors 00:03:29
APPLICATION ON JAZZ STANDARDS
II-V-I Applications 00:02:57
QUARTAL AND CLUSTER SOUNDS
Quartal Sounds 00:05:16
Quartal on Dominants – Clusters 00:06:09
OUTRO
Outro Performance 00:02:10

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    Great class, unique approach to a scale you don’t find much instruction on, if any! Only suggestion would be that a loop or backing track of the chord roots might help with the examples of the scale over jazz and standard progressions. Other than that, tremendous class!

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