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Milestones (Modal)

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“Milestones” is a tune written by Miles Davis. It appears on his 1958 record “Milestones”. This tune is NOT to be confused with the tune “Milestones” written by John Lewis prior to this one.
It was originally entitled “Miles” but was later changed to “Milestones”.
This is a modal tune based off of Gm7 and Am7 and is a lot of fun to play! The chord charts below show the implied chords that compliment the melody, though it is really just Gm7 during the A section and Am7 for the B.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Hey guys I want to thank you for posting this great artical/song for the website. I was wondering if guys can do an artical on Modes and how they are use in improv. and in songwritting? It will be great to hear more on the song writing process of it how melodies are constructed.


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