Michael Brecker Major on Minor Tutorial | Analysis + exercises

  • Sometimes a lick is just hard to wrap one's ears around. Here's a popular one that I'm sure will be a welcomed tool in your tool box if you don't already have it.

  • While nutty in places, aren't a lot of these just chromatic approach notes?

  • Hi Kehaulani,
    The tutorial focuses on using a Major 3rd on a minor tonality
    For example; They use a E Dorian (minor) but stick a G# in it which is foreign to the E Dorian scale.
    E Dorian: E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D

  • I know. What I'm asking is aren't many of these tones merely passing tones as contrasted with a stop-time analysis of them reflecting a major over minor scoring?

    Great solo BTW.

  • @Kehaulani
    If memory serves me correctly, you have a doctorate in music, right?
    A passing tone is a melodic embellishment (typically a non-chord tone) that occurs between two stable tones. The video addresses using a Major 3rd on a minor. It seems to fit the definition of a passing tone. The analysis focuses on the specific use of a Maj. 3rd on a minor. Possibly a chromatic passing tone ascending?

  • Wouldn't it just seem how you think of it? Some just play it, others want to analyse/codify it? I can see how one can conceptualise things into a consistent system. Very useful way of organizing sound.

    But that is a way of thinking/organizing it, not of how it necessarily sounds. Even though I have fun, sometimes, organising things in a certain box, that's the way I organize elements of music and not necessarily what really happens, looked at from another angle.

    Not to convolute things, I am playing the devil's advocate, not disregarding this way of sound conceptualizing. Like I noted, killer results.

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