I made a little exercise to illustrate the concept of playing an idea (a short motif or melodic cell, in this case) through the chord changes, modifying the idea to fit the chord/scale.  This is meant for practice, as it would sound pretty lame in performance...

 First 8 of Like Someone In Love

Here are some ideas for incorporating the all important VI chord in bar 8 of the 12 bar blues.  They also incorporate the ii-V7b9-I7, and a little blues scale.


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  • played bebop scale excersises (https://goo.gl/sRaLoJ)
  • worked on “United” arrangement a la Woody Shaw’s ”United” album's version (https://youtu.be/CqP-EA-UZkI) - note the backgrounds at end of piano solo - used harmonic minor scale for the minor I-V7+9s
  • worked on cycle exercises (like these https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-3-01)
  • worked on “Birk's Works” using the harmonic minor scale - note the interlude before first solo in this recording https://youtu.be/9FZa3Nr0Jsg

Good excersises for developing "over the barline" rhythmic phrasing:

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Here are some exercises to help get proficient with the Dominant Bebop scale.

Check this out (learned this from Geoff Keezer.)