Well, not strictly large intervals, but, at the very least, getting used to utilizing them within your playing/improvising, is the goal of this strictly.
D Dorian Progression:
Here is the chord progression (listen to the backing track to get an idea of how it sounds). For this strictly, we'll be playing about with the Dorian mode, so your arps and D Dorian mode will apply here. Beware when improvising over the A7#5 and the Amajor chord; both of these contain the note of C#, a note which isn't within D Dorian. Thanks for SeattleRuss for pointing this out.Code:| Dmin7 | G7 | Dmin 7 | G7 | | Dmin7 | G7 | Bb maj | A7#5 | | G7 | G7 | Dmin7 | Dmin7 | | G7 | G7 | Amaj | A7#5 |
The main focus of this is to get used to utilizing larger intervals when playing and improvising. Often as players, we fall into the trap of ascending or descending diatonically, through adjacent notes. Often, just a quick note jump of a fifth or even an octave in a solo can really add that bit of extra spice.
So, get out those scale pattern sheets, and brush up on your third, fourths, fifths and so on. The objective isn't to fit as many large intervals as possible into your playing, but rather, adding them in at key moments to create more interesting melodies. The example solo provided shows a few examples of this within the context of a relatively 'normal' (if such a thing exists). I'm not entirely happy with the execution of the solo, but it exists as an example; It's not flooded with masses of huge interval jumps, just a few here and there. I'm looking forward to see what you all come up with.