May 30, 2015: Dave Jones

Many thanks to bassist Dave Jones for an educational session in which we covered:

“Here’s that Rainy Day” by Jimmy Van Heusen
“Yes or No” by Wayne Shorter

The main theme for the session was the relationship of the diminished scale to the major scale with regards to the dominant chord. Barry Harris’ 6th diminished scale was also touched upon.

“Here’s that Rainy Day” was taught by ear, first by the roots of the main tonal centres followed by roots of the associated ii-V-I or IV-V-I etc. Finally, we played through the piece attempting to use the diminished scale over the dominants.

As some light relief towards the end of the session, we played through “Yes or No”.

Many thanks to Dave Jones for coming to see us.