Extended Modular Example!!!
The following long form example is based on a familiar jazz standard. It includes all the
previously discussed concepts and, as in the previous examples, the emphasis is on the notes,
so you will ﬁnd mostly eighth notes and traditional rhythmic patterns. The ﬁrst page of the
example indicates the selected modules for each chord and chromatic connecting modules. The
second page is a realization into lines of this module combination.!!
Play through this example with and without accompaniment. This will help you to hear the
melodic gravity through the various lines. Some things to notice about this example:!!
1) Predominantly diatonic modules are chosen, however there are many embedded examples
of chromatic modules.!
2) Most of the chromatic modules move by half steps into and out of the diatonic modules,
however, the occasional wide interval is used for dramatic effect.!
3) There are many instances of nested modules and displacement of the modules over the bar
4) Remember that the modules are chosen for their intervals and not for their harmonic
function, this is why we see unexpected notes in unexpected rhythmic positions. Especially
when compared to more inside scale lines, the modular lines have much weaker melodic
5) Playing in modules often forces wide intervals and thus, intervalic leaps come to deﬁne the