The tune below, I just threw together in a few days simply for this post.
As I stated on my earlier post regarding the use of building scales within the chords themselves, eliminates the questions; should I use a melodic minor scale, mixolydian, Ionian or something else in a given song when improvising? If you know how to build chords, then you already know the scales they came from...so what's the problem? If you have no clue how to build chords let me know. If there are enough of you needing it, I will be more than happy to help out and go over it in a future post. It's not rocket science.
Below is the chords and melody lines I use for this version. I transposed it to the key of Ab only because I liked it in that key. It's only a partial but it'll do. I do the melody using octaves and harmonies much like Peter White might use.
|The Shadow of Your Smile (click to enlarge)|
Here are the chords I use during my improvisation. I even included the manuscript for it so that you can take a look at it. It too is only a partial, but you'll get the idea.
|My solo part for The Shadow of Your Smile (click to enlarge)|
Perhaps you might say to your self; hey wait a minute how come the chords are different from the melody? That's because I often use substitute chords which opens up more creativity rather than being restricted in my scales. When you listened to the tune in the above player, could you tell that the chords weren't the same? Probably not because everything flowed so well into each other that it just seemed so natural. Well........that's why I can do it! Although the key is Ab, notice that I use it in the Aeolian form or the relative minor key of Fm. Naturally after reading some of my posts you know that the Aeolian/relative minor scale is built, in this case, on the sixth tone of the Ab Major scale right? Of course you do!
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