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Lesson notes

Welcome to Herbie Hancock’s funky universe of sounds. He is renowned in the music world for his use “color” in his harmonies, and this particular song is a prime example of how to use common tones within your chords.

Originally released on his 1964 album Emperyean Isles, this tune has become a standard in the jazz and fusion scenes. By incorporating harmonies based loosely off the note F, and interweaving an incredibly catchy melody, Hancock laid the groundwork for a blend between musical styles. These jazzed up chords and the melodies that groove along with them are just part of this in-depth lesson; you will also gain a greater understanding for what scales and note groupings can flow easily over the solo section of this funk fusion masterpiece.

By learning the connection between the chords, their scales, and the melody or “head”, you’ll soon be on your way to improvising and soloing comfortably over this unique chord change and grooving rhythm!