I talk about how Hadrian Feraud improvise.
when he improvise, he usually use melodic minor scale over minor 7th chord,altered 7th chord,7th chord(#11),minor 7th b5 chord.
now thinking based on key C.
(↑C Melodic Minor Scale)
in Cm7,we usually use C Dorian Scale.
But also can use C Melodic Minor Scale.
in Cm7(b5),we usually use C Locrian Scale.
But we also can use F Locrian #2 Scale.
(↑A Locrian #2 Scale)
C Locrian #2 Scale is the same as F Melodic Minor Scale.
in C7(#11),we use C Lydian 7th Scale.
C Lydian 7th Scale is the same as G Melodic Minor Scale.
in C7alt,we can interpret C7(#9),C7(b13),C7(b9) as C7alt.
so we can use C Altered Scale.
we can use C# Melodic Minor Scale.
but now be aware of the following point.
Hadrien use C altered scale(=C# Melodic Minor Scale) when C7 is Dominant 7th.
and use C Lydian 7th Scale(=G Melodic Minor Scale) when C7 is not Dominant 7th.
for example I talk cherokee chord progression(first 16 bars)
BbM7 Fm7 Bb7 EbM7 Ab7 Bb6 C7 Cm7 G7 Cm7 F7
(↑transcription of Hadrien’s solo of “Cherokee”)
in Bb７(in the 4th measure),Bb7 is Dominant to EbM7.
so Bb7 is interpreted as Bb7alt and we can use B Melodic Minor Scale.
in Ab7(in the 7-8th measure) and C7(in the 11-12th measure),these aren’t Dominant 7th
so those are interpreted as Ab7(#11) and C7(#11).
we can use each Eb Melodic Minor Scale and G Melodic Minor Scale.
in G7(in the 14th measure),F7(in the 16th measure),G7 is dominant 7h to Cm7 and F7 is dominant 7th to BbM7.
so these are interpreted as G7alt and F7alt.
we can use each G# Melodic Minor Scale and F# Melodic Minor Scale.
and for another example,I talk about my video ”punk jazz” from YouTube.
This song has a chord progression like a’|E7 |Bb7 |C7 |C7 |D7 |Ab (alt )|C7 |C7 | ’
Hadrian improvise as below
E7→B melodic minor scale
Bb7→F melodic minor
C7→G melodic minor
D7 →A melodic minor
Ab(alt)→A melodic minor
He interprets E7 as E7(#11),Bb7 as Bb7(#11),C7 as C7(#11).
at last,I talk about Minor Ⅱ-V- I progression.
like a “Dm7(b5) – G7(#9) – Cm7”
as above,in this chord progression,Hadrien play like
Dm7(b5) ⇨ F Melodic Minor Scale
G7(#9) ⇨ G# Melodic Minor Scale
Cm7 ⇨ C Melodic Minor Scale
Using melodic minor scale makes us playing like him.
Please have fun:)
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