So What…

(Mar 15, 2019)

Popular for 60 years…

This modal jazz composition by Miles Davis, first recorded in 1959, is one of the most famous and popular pieces ever written. After a complicated intro, he settles into D Dorian, stays there for around 16 measures, modulates up 1/2 step to Eb Dorian, then comes back down again. That’s not the whole story, but it’s the most important part.

And if you do not understand the theory, just listen to the music.

I wrote out the score just a bit…

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1 thought on “So What…

  1. It was helpful to have the score for orienting along the music – thank you for that. It is interesting trying to get an ear for Dorian and the other modes for those of us who have been steeped in majors and minors so much. A whole new language.

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