During this session we concentrated on the dominant bebop scale. We discussed the scale's rational (with David Baker's "How to Play Bebop as a reference):
- Simply put - the added chromatic between b7 and 8 makes the scale "come out right".
- The chord tones line up with the beats of each measure.
and the "rules" about using it.
- Over a V7 chord, play the dominant bebop scale starting from the V7's root.
- Over a ii minor, play the dominant bebop scale starting from the V7's root related to the ii chord. e.g. D-7 would use the G7 dominant bebop scale.
- The scale is mainly played in successive 8th note phrases.
- When learning the scale, it's best to start scale on the downbeat, on a chord tone.
We then went through some cycle of 5ths exercises including:
- the entire dominant bebop scales ascending and descending
Finally, we jammed on Impressions (without bass!).
A certain portion of fun was achieved.