Applying Upper Structures To Blue In Green
Blue in Green by Miles Davis contains a lot of upper extensions and alterations in the melody which makes it a perfect tune for applying upper structure triads.
We work through the whole form and apply upper structure triads to all of the dominant chords in the progression.
Before watching this lesson you should have watched the introduction lesson on upper structure triads so that you understand the construction and application on these voicings.
You may also find it helpful to watch the Part 1 of Blue in Green where we look at the basic harmony of the tune and touch upon upper structure application.
“Blue in Green” Modal Scale Choices File Type: pdf
I'd highly recommend that you print off the upper structure triad cheat sheet and stick this somewhere close to your piano/keyboard for easy reference.
When you come across a dominant chord on a lead sheet, identify the scale degree of the melody... is it an upper extension or alteration?
If so... chances are you can find a great sounding upper structure voicing.
It's through this process - of analysing the melody note and then finding a suitable voicings - that you will gain a deep understanding of upper structure triads and how to apply them to the tunes you are playing.
There is a vídeo for learning how to improvise this standard?
At timestamp 10:16, where you use the 2nd inversion of the F# major triad, I’m a little bit confused on why that works. You mentioned the A mixolydian mode, and how we build the F# major triad from the 6 degree note of the A mixolydian mode. I have two questions:
1. Is the thought process: If the note is in the mode, you can build off from that note?
2. How do you determine the mode?
Thanks for your help, it’s always appreciated!