Messiaen Mode 4 Intervallic approach to Improvisation

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Messiaen Mode 4 Improvisation Concepts for jazz/20c improvisation

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Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 1

Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 2

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Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 3

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Messiaen mode 4 Improvisation Concept 4

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Messiaen’s 4th mode: Concepts for this blog are taken from the excellent:

“Dick de Graaf – Beyond Borders. Broadening the Artistic Palette of (Composing) Improvisers in Jazz”.

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Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

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Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

In this blog we will look at improvising over one chord. This will be D minor [D Dorian].

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

The key is to use chromaticism, tertian harmony, superimposition and outside harmonic content in order to create interesting improvised lines and move away from the cliches of scales and modes to create originality.

For example:

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

The key for smoothness is to be aware of where the 1/2 steps [Semitones]are in the “Connections”.

If we look below we can see where the 1/2 steps connect and how to play off of the tonic note with this. In this case we play off of the tonic D note resolving straight into the Eb note for Eb melodic minor. We can then resolve down a half step to C#m and back down into D Dorian

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts
Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation
Chromatic jazz improvisation Brecker, Mclaughlin and creative Fripp improvising concepts

So as you can see it is easy to weave in and out of the harmony and get back to D Dorian via the 1/2 step.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Below is a line that beautifully weaves in and out of D minor

Messiaen, Fripp, Mclaughlin, Schoenberg, 21st century harmonic concepts

In this next example we will use tertian harmony and exploit superimposition. We will employ D melodic minor and and keep extending via C melodic minor.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Now we will extend the whole line:

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

As another idea, there are still useful concepts like “Target Tones”. These can be manipulated without resorting to cliches.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

Lastly we will exploit the use flat 5 concepts. In this case there is an Abmaj7/D and a Cmaj7/F# with which we can be creative.

Fripp ,Brecker, Mclaughlin chromatic Improvising method for jazz fusion improvisation

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Fripp, Mclaughlin, Messiaen,Stockhausen,Schoenberg jazz guitar improvisation lines

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Modern jazz fusion chromatic improvisation licks, Brecker, Liebman, Mclaughlin and Fripp etc

Lick lines from modern jazz fusion improvisation guitar:

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Guitar Licks ONLY from Modern chromatic jazz/fusion improv

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Target Tones Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

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Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

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Melodic Minor Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

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Melodic Minor Chromatic Jazz improvisation Modern approach

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Flat 5 Modern jazz improvisation chromatic example

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