Been awhile since I posted any session notes. In any case, we've been hard at it this spring.
Last night we dove in to a couple of the less used keys, and practiced the Dominant 7th bebop scale starting on the 2nd scale degree. We explored ways of getting to a chord tone, delaying the deed until the descending portion of the exercise, then using the "enclosure" technique (enclosing the 3rd) to "resolve" the scale/chord. Here's an example of an idea that we played with:
We took that idea through all the keys, then through several keys of blues. In our exploration, we relied on our musical ears to confirm the "rightness" of a particular solution. There's certainly mathematics that would back up our appropriate solutions, I believe, but we'll leave that to all those civic music engineers out there.
Thanks to Terry Bannon for helping out with his beautiful bass line/chordal accompaniments.
Finally, the attendees agreed that having participated, they were less "square". Those who weren't there remain square. ;-)