We'll be taking a little break from the circle progressions this month. This time around, i hope that you will join me on a 'modal' expedition. First, a little background: In the late 1950's, Miles Davis was getting tired of playing ii V I changes and improvising over the same old standards. On March 2nd of 1959, he convened his ensemble at Columbia Records Studios on 30th Street in New York City to document a new approach. There was almost no prior rehearsal and the musicians had little idea what they were to record. Davis had only given the band sketches of scales and a few sparse melody lines on which to improvise. The result of that session (and a second one on April 22nd) was an album that has gone on to be acclaimed as one of the greatest jazz recordings of all time: 'Kind Of Blue'. It pointed a way forward to a looser style of composition and improvising which would reach its apogee on his late 60s 'Sorceror' and 'Nefertiti' albums (the last acoustic ones; the next one after those two, 'Miles In The Sky', would mark the start of his electric period). All this preamble is by way of saying that there won't be an awful lot of complicated material to work with this time around, LOL. i promised that there would be no weird chords or time signatures, and in fact it's 4/4 time and we will be using only two simple chord forms: the minor 7th and the major 6th. the A section is: G minor 7 l A minor 7 l Bb major 6 l A minor 7 the B section is: B minor 7 l C major 6 l B minor 7 l A minor 7 The trickiest thing about this one is probably the form, which is this: 4 bars intro A section (repeats 4x) B section (repeats 2x) A section (repeats 2x) B section (repeats 2x) A section (repeats 4x) B section (repeats 2x) A section (repeats 3x) B section (played once) end on G minor 7 chord The goal: play a melody over the 1st A and B sections, repeat or use some thematic variation on the 2nd two A and B sections, solo over the 3rd A and B sections, and return to the melody for the final A and B sections... all within the confines of a 60s style 3 minute 'radio airplay' single. As for the modes mentioned in the title, use G Dorian for the A section, and B Phrygian for the B section. Of course, you can also choose to try this with the chord tone approach we've been using so far, and compare and contrast the result. Now, on to the backing tracks... This time around i have included a backing track with the chords, just so you can hear the changes a bit better (because that walking bass might be a bit cray cray), and if you want to use it to work on your melodic parts please feel free to do so. Or just go ahead and work with the 'drums and bass only' version. Am i rushing or dragging? LOL again... As always, take your time... and i hope that you will have fun with this one, folks!