Welcome to episode 167 of the LJS Podcast where we continue “Jazz Standards Month.” My subscribers often wonder what scales to play over jazz standards to help them improvise. However, scales are rarely the answer to creating great melodic solos. With that being said, they should not be discarded and in the right hands can be used to create great music. In this episode, we take the pentatonic scale and apply it over the jazz standard Just Friends.
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One of the most common questions I get from Learn Jazz Standards subscribers is what scales do I play over this chord? Or what scales do I play over this chord progression? What scales can I use in order to improvise?
And while I understand that that question is coming from a good place of wanting to improve or wanting to become a better jazz improviser, scales are often not the answer for creating great melodic jazz solos.
However, I don’t believe that we should throw scales out altogether. In the right hands used the right way, they can be used creatively and melodically.
So, in today’s lesson, this next lesson of Jazz Standards Month on the LJS Podcast, we are going to be taking a scale that we all know and love, the pentatonic scale, and applying it over the popular jazz standard Just Friends to make it more musical, to help us use this scale effectively.
Here’s the color-coded chords analysis of Just Friends I mention in the episode.
In this episode:
1. The healthy way to think about scales in terms of improvisation
2. Chords analysis of the first 8 bars of Just Friends
3. Pentatonic Note Map over Just Friends
4. Using motivic development using pentatonic scales over Just Friends
I look forward to having you join me in the next episode!