In this exercise we're gonna practice our drop 2 voicings and we're gonna do it by playing it in a scalewise fashion.
I've found this excercise to be really useful when I first got it.
I wrote this in Dm6 but you can pick whatever key you want (I would advise to take one key you know pretty well and one where things are still a little fuzzy).
We start off by playing Dm6 with the root on top. Then we just move up the D melodic minor scale and everytime we hit a chordtone, we play a Dm6 inversion.
We go up and we go all the down to the lowest possible chord shape.
After we did this across all the strings we're gonna insert on every non-chordtone an Em6 chord.
Now we have voiced the entire melodic minor scale.
*Note that "B" occurs in both chords, so it gets two voicings.
The reason why I chose a minor 6 chord is because a minor 6 chord is an inversion of a half-diminished chord.
Dm6 = Bm7b5.
But, when it's time to play a melody over Bm7b5, I get nothing. I always end up playing some weird arpeggio-like thing.
I find for me, personally, that thinking in minor 6 instead of m7b5 spurs more ideas and melodies.
The next stop is to put on a metronome or some groove and improvise with this.
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