Then let's try some others by ear.
Ascending: 1-3-5-7-9-11...then descend with 3-9-root-7-13-5-11-3-9-root.
Get that in a key you know. Like G7.
Then run that line over Ab7, A7, Bb7, B7, C7 ,
C#7 and D7 by ear. Using the "active mental imagery" you hear from the line.
Then you can alter the chord tones, and create different choral lines. Like change the line to fit a Major chord. BY EAR!!! Using "A.M.I"
Or fit the line to work over a Minor 7th chord. Get my drift?
Try to get started some Major 7th Ionian ascending to descending exercises. Or reverse it!
The possibilities are endless and not only will it "lock you in" with hearing your chords better. This should help you to start to get your ear really solid on chord/scale functions. Go slow, listen and swing. Work hard!
Don't forget...get the "Active Mental Image" in your ears while playing the exercises!
A.M.I = Active Mental Image. Use your ear and try this on as many chords as you can.
Again special thanks to George on this for the computer help.
Plus a big THANK YOU to all you great people who have e-mailed me or come to my gigs and told me how much these lessons have helped you. I appreciate it more than you can imagine.
OK, lets get to work. Get those horns out and start shedding!
November 20, 2003.