Applying Moveable DO Syllables to Jazz Standards

  1. Introduction
  2. Blues
  3. “Blue Monk”
  4. Charlie Parker’s “Mohawk”
  5. Cherokee
  6. Green Dolphin Street
  7. Moment’s Notice


Alto saxophonist Pascal wrote requesting assistance with assigning movable DO syllables onto several jazz standards.  Before addressing each of these tunes, let’s talk about the reason we use movable DO syllables.

As jazz musicians who play melodies by ear (without charts) and improvise over their changes, we are not concerned with theory for its own sake, as are academicians.  Instead, our primary goals are:

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