So What…

TUESDAY, October 1, 2019

So What…

This is a third post I did months ago, in modes, about Dorian. I’m linking below to a very short file that shows what is happening right at the beginning. It is a brief, easy summary in notation of what is going on.

The main idea…

Miles Davis used Dorian for his composition, “So What”, one of the most iconic modal jazz pieces ever written. After an intro that is more complicated, 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.

 

 

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1 thought on “So What…

  1. I downloaded the music and noticed that it has an unusual chord structure. After a bit of research I learned that there actually is a So What chord. It has 5 notes, played with 2 hands, and is made up of 3 stacked perfect 4ths and a major 3rd on top.

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