A question just came in from a user of New Ears Resolution as to how he could use movable DO to transpose Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation.” (His letter is posted below.)
I’m looking right now at page 1 of the Eb Charlie Parker Omnibook . The entire transcribed solo by Bird covers 3 pages of dense notation, and i would not suggest trying to play the entire solo in all 12 keys!
Let’s start with the first phrase:
The first thing to notice is that, although The Omnibook does not give you the key signature, this phrase is in 2 sharps (D major). If a key signature is not shown, it takes some detective work to figure out the key. In this case, the 2 sharps in the melody give you a clue, as do the chords; a I chord in D major and a ii-V-i progression in B minor, the related minor of D major. (The D# in the melody is merely a chromatic passing tone, and the A# is the 7th degree of the melodic minor scale.) This preliminary examination may seem overly fastidious. However, you cannot play a melody like this by ear unless you understand what Bird is doing. And you cannot understand this composition without understanding these basic aspects of tonal center.
Now notice that i have supplied a syllable for each note. Create or download a sheet showing the 12 major scales and write the syllables – D, R, M, F, S, L, T, D – beneath the notes. Now you can play the first phrase of “Confirmation” in any key.
I recommend starting with just the first 5 notes to make this a less daunting task. Here they are in all 12 keys, traversing the Circle of Fifths:
I am new in this concept of “movable do.” I play saxophone and transpose licks, patterns, phrases, arpeggios, etc. It takes a lot of time and calculation using numbers to go through all twelve keys.
How can i use the “movable do” concept to transpose easily and quickly what i need to transpose in all twelve keys? If i want to transpose some Headline like “Confirmation ” (by Charlie Parker), is “do movable ” the solution? How do you do that?
Thank you very much!