bruce saunders - melodic minor studies

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& T A B 4 4 œ C Melodic Minor Study 1 œ œ b œ œ œ œ œ 8 10 6 8 10 12 9 10 œ œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ 7 8 10 8 10 7 8 7 œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ œ 10 8 6 4 7 5 9 7 œ œ œ b œ ˙ 5 8 6 5 8 & T A B 2 œ œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ 8 6 5 4 5 7 8 5 œ b œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ 6 5 4 7 4 5 7 8 œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ 10 9 7 10 8 8 10 7 œ œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ 9 7 10 10 7 8 8 10 & T A B œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ b 12 10 10 13 10 12 12 13 œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ œ 15 14 13 11 13 15 12 12 œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ œ b 15 14 13 11 15 12 12 13 œ œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ 12 10 10 13 12 12 13 10 & T A B œ œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ 9 7 10 10 8 8 10 7 œ œ œ œ œ b œ œ œ 10 9 7 10 8 10 7 8 œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ œ 6 5 4 7 5 7 8 5 œ œ b œ œ œ œ œ œ 3 1 5 4 2 3 5 2 CMelMinorStudy.mus / Basic Improv common uses of melodic minor mi(Maj7) Melodic minor built on root Cmi(Maj7) = C melodic minor mi9( b 5) Melodic minor built on b 3 Cmi9( b 5) = E b melodic minor 7alt Melodic minor built on b 2 C7alt = D b melodic minor 7( # 11) Melodic minor built on 5 C7( # 11) = G melodic minor Maj7( # 5) Melodic minor built on 6 CMaj7( # 5) = A melodic minor 7sus(13 b 9) Melodic minor built on b 7 C7sus(13, b 9) = B b melodic minor

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  • &TAB

    44

    C Melodic Minor Study

    1

    b

    8 106 8 10 12

    9 10

    b

    7 8 108 10

    7 8 7

    b 10 8 6 4

    7 59 7

    b 5

    8 6 58

    &TAB

    2

    b

    86

    54 5

    78 5

    b b

    65

    4 74

    57

    8

    b

    109

    7 108

    810 7

    b

    97 10

    107

    88

    10

    &TAB

    b

    1210

    10 1310

    1212

    13

    b

    1514

    1311 13

    15 1212

    b b

    1514

    1311

    15 1212

    13

    b

    1210

    10 13 1212

    13 10

    &TAB

    b

    97 10

    10 88

    10 7

    b

    109

    7 10 810 7

    8

    b 6

    54 7 5

    78 5

    b 3

    1 54 2

    35 2

    CMelMinorStudy.mus / Basic Improv

    common uses of melodic minor

    mi(Maj7) Melodic minor built on root Cmi(Maj7) = C melodic minor mi9(b5) Melodic minor built on b3 Cmi9( b5) = Eb melodic minor

    7alt Melodic minor built on b2 C7alt = Db melodic minor 7(#11) Melodic minor built on 5 C7(#11) = G melodic minor

    Maj7(#5) Melodic minor built on 6 CMaj7(#5) = A melodic minor 7sus(13b9) Melodic minor built on b7 C7sus(13,b9) = Bb melodic minor

  • &TAB

    3

    b b

    86

    54 5

    4 87

    8

    10 67 5

    78 5

    b b

    6 109

    7 88

    7 10

    b b 11 8

    1010 8

    10 78

    &TAB

    4

    b

    86 10

    97 10

    108

    b 10

    12 88

    1012 8

    10

    b b

    6 109

    7 1010

    8 11

    b 13 10

    12 88

    1012 8

    &TAB

    5

    b

    3fr. 5fr.

    33

    44 6

    55

    5

    b b

    6fr. 8fr.

    67

    78 10

    89

    8

    12fr.10fr.

    1010

    1012 13

    1212

    12

    b b

    10fr.8fr.

    98

    1010 11

    1210

    10

    &TAB

    b 8fr. 7fr.

    98

    1010

    1312

    1212

    b 5fr. 8fr.

    1010

    1012 10

    89

    8

    b 6fr.

    5fr.

    67

    78 6

    55

    5

    b b

    3fr.

    33

    44 3

    21

    2

  • &TAB

    446

    b b

    810

    1214

    11 1312

    8

    b b

    1210

    69

    108 7

    8

    75

    8 78

    58 10

    7

    58

    5 75

    8

    &TAB

    7

    b

    810 12

    106

    9 108

    b

    107 8

    7 910

    810

    b

    710

    78 10

    8 108

    b 10

    8 78 7

    10 810

    &TAB

    b 9

    68

    710

    710

    8

    b 6

    912

    10 810 8

    7

    810

    710

    10

  • & 44 Dmi7(b5)

    Dmi9(b5)Emi7(b5)

    Harmonies of D Locrian #2 (F melodic minor)

    Fmi(7) Gmi7

    b bAbMA7(#5) Bb7

    C7 Dmi7(b5)

    Diminished

    Harmonies of G altered scale (Ab melodic minor)

    bGmi7(b5)G7alt

    Abmi(7) b nBbmi7 BMA7(#5)

    Whole tone

    # #C#7 D#7 Fmi7(b5) Gmi7(b5)

    A Melodic Minor

    CMA7(=5) D7

    #E7 F#mi7(b5) #

    G#mi7(b5) Ami(7) Bmi7 CMA7(=5)

    Harmonic ConsiderationsMelodic Minor

    Most common uses of Melodic Minor Scale

    min9(b5) / Dmin9(b5) = F Melodic Minor7(alt.) / G7(alt) = Ab Melodic Minor

    Maj7(#5) / CMaj7(#5) = A Melodic Minormin(Maj7) / Cmin(Maj7) = C Melodic Minor

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    C7alt

    bb9

    b#9

    n bb5

    b#5

    bb7

    R

    bb9 b7b#9 n b53 b #5b b R Db Melodic Minor

    Enharmonically Fb(Relative to the chord)

    C7 Altered Scale7th mode of Db melodic minor

    No n5 or 9

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    443fr.

    b b 1 4

    32 3

    56 3

    2fr.2fr.

    b b b4

    32 5 6 3

    36

    5fr. 5fr.

    b b

    87

    5 85

    68 5

    5fr.5fr.

    b b 7

    53

    3 55

    68

    &5fr. 5fr.

    b b5 8

    76 8 5

    56

    6fr. 5fr.

    b b b

    87

    6 96

    8 55

    6fr.8fr.

    b b

    76 9

    8 1011 8

    9

    8fr. 10fr.

    b b

    109

    8 12 13 1011 8

    &12fr.

    13fr.

    b b b

    1313

    12 15 16 1315

    15

    12fr.10fr.

    b b

    1313 17

    15 1315

    1517

    8fr. 8fr.

    b b

    109

    8 12 1011 8

    9

    6fr. 5fr.

    b b 7

    6 98 6

    89

    10

    &6fr.

    5fr.

    b b b8

    76

    48 5

    56

    5fr. 5fr.

    b b 5 8

    76 5

    56

    8

    5fr. 5fr.

    b b 7

    5 87 5

    68 5

    5fr. 3fr.

    b b b8

    75 8 6

    8 56

    &2fr. 3fr.

    b b 4

    32 5 3

    56 3

    b

    1 43

    2 3

    Fn Mel. Min. in 3rds

  • & 44 .. ..

    Up & down in thirds

    Bb mel. minor b b bG

    Db mel. minor

    b b n b b n bCF mel. minor

    b b b F

    .. ..Bb mel. minor

    b b b b GDb mel. minor

    b b b n b b CF mel. minor

    b b b b F

    .. ..F mel. minor bD

    Ab mel. minor

    b b n b b n bGC mel. minor

    b C

    .. ..F mel. minor

    b b DAb mel. minor

    b b b n b b G

    C mel. minor

    b b C

    Melodic Minor Patterns

  • & .. ..

    Up & down in fourths

    Bb mel. minorb b b b G

    Db mel. minor

    n b b b b b C

    F mel. minor

    b bF b

    .. ..Bb mel. minor

    b b b b GDb mel. minor

    b b b b n b bC

    F mel. minor

    b b F

    .. ..F mel. minor b b b D

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b bGC mel. minor

    b C b

    .. ..F mel. minor

    b b n D

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b n b GC mel. minor

    b b C

    -2-

  • & 44

    F mel. minor

    Basic pattern

    b n1 1 1 2

    5fr.

    12 3 4

    6fr.

    b n b b 1 1 3 2

    3fr.

    1 1 2 3

    5fr.

    b b b1 2 3 46fr.

    1 2 3 4

    8fr.

    b 1 1 2 310fr.

    1 1 32

    12fr.

    &A b nD

    1 1 1 2

    5fr.

    12 3 4

    6fr.

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b b G

    1 1 1 2

    8fr.12 3 4

    9fr.

    n C

    1 1 32

    7fr.

    &B b b n b 12 3 4

    6fr.

    1 1 2 3

    8fr.

    b b b b b1 2 3 4

    4fr.1 1 3 2

    6fr.

    n 1 1 327fr.

    &C b b b 1 1 2 38fr.

    1 1 2 3

    5fr.

    b b b b b b b1 1 3 26fr.

    1 1 2 3

    8fr.

    b b 1 1 2 310fr.

    &D b b1 1 2 3

    5fr.

    1 2 3 4

    6fr.

    b b b b b b b1 1 2 38fr.

    1 2 3 4

    9fr.

    n b b 1 1 2 310fr.

    & b 1 1 32

    12fr.

    1 1 2 3

    10fr. b b b b b b b1 2 3 4

    9fr.

    1 1 2 3

    8fr. b 1 1 32

    7fr.

    "Melodic Minor #4"- saunders

    D-7b5 = F melodic minor G7alt = Ab melodic minorPlay in 4ths using melodic voice leading

  • &n b b n b 1 1 2 3

    10fr.

    1 2 3 4

    8fr. b b b b b b n b1 1 2 3

    8fr.

    1 1 3 2

    6fr. b 1 1 2 3

    5fr.

    &fi b b b 1 2 3 4

    8fr.

    1 2 3 4

    6fr. b b b b b1 1 3 2

    6fr.

    1 2 3 4

    4fr.

    n b b 1 1 2 3

    3fr.

    &fl b b1 2 3 4

    6fr.

    1 1 2 3

    5fr.

    b b b b b b 1 1 1 2

    8fr.

    1 1 1 3

    6fr.

    1 1 1 2

    5fr.

    -2-

    Melodic minor #4/ Page 2

  • & 44Basic Pattern

    b b b

    1 13 2

    3fr.1 3 2 4

    5fr.

    b

    1 432

    6fr.

    1 13 4

    8fr.

    b b b12 3 4

    9fr.12 3 4

    9fr.

    b 1 1 138fr.

    & b n b b

    n b b b

    b b b

    &AF mel. minor

    b b b D

    1 13 2

    3fr.1 3 2 4

    5fr.

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b b n

    G1 13 2

    6fr. 1 3 2 4

    8fr.

    C dorian

    b C1 13 4

    10fr.

    &B b b b

    1 3 2 4

    5fr.

    1 432

    6fr.

    b b b b b n

    1 3 2 4

    8fr.1 432

    9fr.

    n b b 1 432 11fr.

    &C b

    1 432

    6fr.1 13 4

    8fr.

    b bb b b b1 432

    9fr.1 13 4

    11fr.

    n b b 1 432 11fr.

    &Dn b

    n12 3 49fr.

    1 13 4

    8fr. b b b b b1 3 2 4

    8fr.

    1 13 2

    6fr. b b n 12 4 3

    4fr.

    "Melodic Minor #7"- saunders

    D-7b5 = F melodic minor G7alt = Ab melodic minorVoiced in 5ths

  • &F mel. minor

    b

    D1 13 4

    8fr.

    1 432

    6fr.

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b b bb

    G1 13 2

    6fr.

    1 13 4

    4fr.

    C dorian

    C1 13 4

    3fr.

    & b b b1 432

    6fr.

    1 3 2 4

    5fr.

    b b n b b bn1 14 3

    2fr. 6fr.

    b b 12 4 3

    3fr.

    -2-

    Melodic Minor #7 / Page 2

  • & 44Basic Pattern

    b b b b b b b

    & b b b b b b b b

    &AF mel. minor b b D

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b bG

    C dorian

    C

    &B b b b b b b b b n b b

    &C b b b b b b b b

    &D b b b b b b b b b

    & b b b b b b bb n b b

    &n b b b b b b b b

    "Melodic Minor #6"- saunders

    D-7b5 = F melodic minor G7alt = Ab melodic minorPlay in 5ths using melodic voice leading

  • &fiF mel. minor

    b bD

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b bG

    C dorian

    b b C

    &fl b b b b b b b b & b b b b b b b b b n

    -2-

    Melodic Minor #6 / Page 2

  • & 44Basic Pattern

    D b b b b b b

    & b b b b b b

    & b b b b AF mel. minor b b D

    &Ab mel. minor

    b b b b b bG

    C dorian

    C B b b & b b b b b b n b b C b b b& b b b b b b b D b b b& b b b b b b b & b b b b b n

    b b

    n b b b

    "Melodic Minor #5"- saunders

    D-7b5 = F melodic minor G7alt = Ab melodic minorPlay in 4ths using melodic voice leading

  • & b b b b b b b

    &fiF mel. minor

    b b bD

    Ab mel. minor

    b b b b b bG

    C dorian

    C

    &fl b b b b b b b b b b

    & b b b b b b b b n b

    -2-

    Melodic Minor #5 / Page 2