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Cello Lessons: “Cantaloupe Island”

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Cantaloupe Island is an awesome,
awesome fusion rock modal jazz tune.
It's by Herby Hancock, keyboard player.
And there was a period in jazz where they
tried to draw inspiration from like,
rock and pop music, so they were
using some electric instruments and
some funky .grooves.
And this is also post bebop, so
they're actually trying to
simplify things a little bit.
Bebop got really complex and really hard.
But model jazz explores a lot of
the Greek modes that we've been learning.
And also it allows more space for
each chord chain so that the performer can
really sit in like a single feeling for
a longer periods of time.
So cantaloupe island is a great
improvisational template for
us because it's only got four chords,
F minor to D-flat
7 sharp 11, and then D minor 11,
and F minor 11.
All of those 11s just means
that there's gonna be sort of
an extra added sort of fourth-scale
degree flavor to all these harmonies.
When I play this tune,
I get really into doing some special
effects that kind of also draw on rock and
pop music.
And I was doing some
Maybe some ponticello and
some crazy vibrato.
This is a great tune to explore that on.
And then also, just as a solo,
I mean the melody is built on
the F minor pentatonic scale.
If this is a new scale for you,
go back than,
I know we covered a D minor pentatonic
scale in the beginner curriculum.
And you can take that scale and
apply it to the key of F.
It's got a root, a flat third,
a fourth, a fifth, and a flat seventh.
If you play it with fourth finger on the
root, you can fit it all without shifting.
So because the melody uses the scale,
I was actually focusing on
using the scale in my solo,
in the performance,
in the performance video.
And so you can do a lot with just
the minor pentatonic scale in this,
on this tune.
That scale will work over
the first eight bars.
Over the F minor chord and
the D flat 7 sharp 11 chord.
However, when you get to the D minor 11
chord, you do wanna modulate up to D.
And you could still play the D minor
pentatonic scale on that chord.
However, as we'll discover when we talk
about some chord scales in an upcoming
lesson that, that's a really great
opportunity to play D Dorian.
[SOUND] And then you can go back to
the pentatonic minor scale, for F minor.
I want you to practice
improvising this tune.
Get rhythmic with it.
This is super funky.
It's a great groove.
In my final melody of the performance,
I even threw in some chops and
stuff to get all rhythmic.
If you want to check out
some of the chopping videos,
you can kind of do some fills like that.
That stuff
is really good in
this groove.
So memorize the melody, you've got
the chart attached in a PDF download.
I want you to play the melody,
it's not a difficult melody to memorize,
there's not too many notes.
Memorize the melody and start
improvising on these chord changes, and
I want you to watch the next video about
focusing on the notes that change.
That's referring specifically to the chord
scales, and that's gonna really help you.
When you're improvising
on Cantaloupe Island.