Last night, we studied/practiced/improvised with the bebop scale. We played with different ways to get from a non-chord tone (on the beginning of a beat), to a chord tone by the second beat. They included:
- playing the non-chord tone as a quarter note, then going up or down to a chord tone on the next beat.
- using a chromatic "passing tone" (where a full step is required to get to a chord tone... e.g. from the 6th to the 5th).
- "enclosing" the chord tone... e.g. 6th to b5th to 5th (similar to a "neighbor tone group" or "changing tone")
And, of course, the ever popular Melodica demo: