Autumn Leaves solo (part 2)
In this second part of the Autumn leaves solo, I will use ideas taken from the melody of “All the things you are” and “Fly me to the moon” to develop more voice leading patterns. In the first exercise, we will take the motive from All the things you are and we will use it starting from the 3rd of Cm7 and landing on the 3rd of each chord.
The second exercise follows the same idea, but starting on the 7th of Cm7 and landing on the 7th of each chord.
In the third exercise, we will use the melody pattern of “Fly me to the moon” starting on the 3rd and landing on the 3rd of each chord.
The last exercise is like the previous one. but starting on the 3rd of Cm7 and landing on the 7th of each chord.
As some standards have been composed using voice leading techniques, we can take this ideas to develop more exercises like these and use them for soloing. The “All the things you are” approach is one of the best and easiest examples of how to use voice leading, which basically is just playing the 3rd of each chord of the tune as a melody. The 3rd and 7th are the notes that work best for this purpose as they are used as target notes when soloing as well. Getting used to this concept now will make easier to connect the different Jazz phrases that we will be learning and developing in the future.