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Here are some tips on getting into the mind of Scott Henderson:

For starters: as much as you can convert things to melodic minor...do so....

D Dorian >> use D mel min

>> Also think of it this way:

Dorian >> use mel min from root of chord:
(D = D)

G7 >> use D mel min (also known as G Lydian Dominant)

>> Also think of it this way:

Dominant 7 >> use mel min from 5th of chord:
(G = D)

C#7#5b9 >> use D mel min (also known as C# Superlocrian)

>> This is a tritone substitution of G7

>> Also think of it this way:

Dom 7 alt (#5, b9, or #9) >> use mel min from half step above root of chord:
(C# = D)

Cmaj7 (or maj9) >> use A mel min

>> This will produce, or imply a Maj7#5 harmony

>> Also think of it this way:

Maj7 (maj9) >> use mel min from the 6th of the chord:
(C = A)

OTHER MEL MIN TIPS:

For dominant chords:

Use mel min from the 4th of the chord:

G7 >> use C mel minor

For maj7 chords:

Use mel min from the 4th of the chord:

Cmaj7 >> use F mel minor


Another tricksy tool, is the use of diminished and whole tone scales:

Use half whole diminished scales for dominant chords:

G7 >> use G Ab Bb B Db D E F G

...and whole half dim scales for minor chords:

Cmin >> use C D Eb F F# G# A B C

Tips for whole tone scales:

Use them with Dominant 7 chords, from the root of the chord
(implying a #4, #5):

G7 >> use G whole tone G A B C# D# F

And over minor chords (within Dorian), from the 5th of the chord

D min7 >> use A whole tone A B C# D# F G

TRIADS:

Find "like triads" within the framework of ANY of the above and apply them liberally...

...for example:

Major Triads within the diminished context:

G half-whole dim = G B D --- Bb D F --- Db F Ab --- E G# B

Minor Triads within the diminished context:

G half-whole dim = G Bb D --- Bb Db F --- Db E Ab --- E G B

NOW MIX THEM:

G B D > Db E Ab > Bb D F > E G B > Db F Ab > G Bb D > E G# B > Bb Db F


Listen to: Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Coltrane.......then: Jeff Beck, Weather Report, Hendrix, Stevie Ray and Michael Landau........then: Holdsworth, and Scofield

....oh and find HIS VIDEOs on youtube!


Here's a derivative and parallel breakdown on the MEL MIN modes:

DERIVATIVE THINKING
Modes derived from Melodic Minor:

From C:

C mel min:
C D Eb F G A B

D dorian b2:
D Eb F G A B C

Eb Lydian Augmented:
Eb F G A B C D

F Lydian dominant:
F G A B C D Eb

G mIxolydian b6:
G A B C D Eb F

A Locrian #2:
A B C D Eb F G

B Diminished-whole-tone (Superlocrian):
B C D Eb F G A

PARALLEL THINKING

CHORD ø7: mel min, from b3
CHORD ø7: dor b2, from 4
CHORD ø7: lyd aug, from b5
CHORD ø7: lyd dom, from b6
CHORD ø7: mix b6, from b7
CHORD ø7: loc#2, from root
CHORD ø7: superloc, from 2

CHORD 7 (alt): mel min, from b2
CHORD 7 (alt): dor b2, from #2
CHORD 7 (alt): lyd aug, from 3
CHORD 7 (alt): lyd dom, from #4
CHORD 7 (alt): mix b6, from #5
CHORD 7 (alt): loc#2, from b7
CHORD 7 (alt): superloc, from root

CHORD min/maj7: mel min, from root
CHORD min/maj7: dor b2, from 2
CHORD min/maj7: lyd aug, from b3
CHORD min/maj7: lyd dom, from 4
CHORD min/maj7: mix b6, from 5
CHORD min/maj7: loc#2, from 6
CHORD min/maj7: superloc, from 7

CHORD 7#4: mel min, from 5
CHORD 7#4: dor b2, from 6
CHORD 7#4: lyd aug, from b7
CHORD 7#4: lyd dom, from root
CHORD 7#4: mix b6, from 2
CHORD 7#4: loc#2, from 3
CHORD 7#4: superloc, from #4

CHORD maj7#5: mel min, from 6
CHORD maj7#5: dor b2, from 7
CHORD maj7#5: lyd aug, from root
CHORD maj7#5: lyd dom, from 2
CHORD maj7#5: mix b6, from 3
CHORD maj7#5: loc#2, from #4
CHORD maj7#5: superloc, from #5

For example:
on Cø7, play Eb mel min
on C7(alt), play Db mel min
on Cmin/maj7, play C mel min
on C7#4, play G mel min
CMaj7#5, play A mel min

Hope this helps,

Scott


#2
**** that bridge of text!!! YOu my good sir, made walls obselete.
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#4
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wow, all that work and this thread is gonna get buried. Write a lesson/column. I'm sure a lot of people will be very happy to read it!
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#5
i don't even think a lot of people know who scott henderson is which is sad. i've posted about him before, and no one seems to care.
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i don't even think a lot of people know who scott henderson is which is sad. i've posted about him before, and no one seems to care.


All the more reason to post this.



#7
Quote by rich2k4
i don't even think a lot of people know who scott henderson is which is sad. i've posted about him before, and no one seems to care.



thats not true ithink alot of prople liked that video about phrasing i have seen other people recommend it a couple of times
song stuck in my head today