Now look how much fun that was!
Chespernevins, congratulations on finding a free program that appears powerful enough to get the job done.
Everyone that doesn't have such a program should download it immediately and learn how to use it ASAP!
The thing that's missing from your rendering is some sort of cue as to what scale supports said interval. Those two things are inseparable.
Strachs, I haven't been able to open your chart as of yet. I'll solve the problem sometime this evening. Can't wait to see it.
Learning to sing tonal gravity isn't really that tuff using modern devices. Record it, and play it over and over again until you know it...one interval at a time. Then look to the chart to determine at which point the scales change. You just have to know that.
Consider this, Bird, Miles, Coltrane, Diz, Eric, Clifford, etc. never played a
Bb7 chord in their life. They all play one note at a time...a succession of
intervals. And through the sequences of intervals we might deduce a Bb7
or C-7, and as those intervals move in and out of various tonal centers we need to know the various scales that support that interval. The scale is in many ways more important than the chord.
Chords come from scales NOT the other way around (be-bop truism).
Miles Davis moved away from the complex harmonies of be-bop to an elongated harmonic approach, to allow him to explore the influence of intervals (tonal gravity) at a more leisurely pace. Be-bop slowed way, way down if you will.
Miles was not Charlie Parker! For Bird was Free within the chords. The chords were of little concern to what he wanted to say.
Bird was playing in Detroit and a good friend went to hear him, on the break my friend asked Bird the changes to a tune...Bird said, "ask the piano player". We all took that to mean that chords are the piano players
problem...he's playing intervals (tonal gravity).
Even Coltrane in his later years stopped playing chord based tunes but INTERVAL based tunes. Listen to "Expression" his last LP.
All those guys were chord masters...so what happened??
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