Welcome to episode 61 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about how to use scales in your jazz solos the right way. You’ll learn what scales are good and bad for, how to think about scales as pitch collections, and examples of how to convert them into actual melodies. Listen in!
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In this episode
What scales are bad for:
- Learning jazz language.
- Creating melodies.
- Improving your ear.
What scales are good for:
- Improving technique.
- Learning your instrument.
- Conceptualizing musical ideas.
Think about scales as pitch collections.
- Imagine pitch collections as a “map” of a chord.
Cmaj7 lick using the major scale:
Dmin7 lick using the Dorian mode:
C7 lick using the Mixolydian mode:
Bmin7(b5) lick using the Locrian mode:
A minor pentatonic over a Bmaj7(#11):
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