Have you met miss Jones | Jimmy Raney solo transcription (18 bars)

Here is a solo transcription lesson about some jazz guitar lines played by the great Jimmy Raney in the jazz standard "Have you met miss Jones". 

This tune is in the key of F. You will find a II |V progression (Gm7 | C7), the common VI | II |V | I | (Am7 | Dm7 | G-7 | C7) and another II | V sequence ( C-7 | F7) at the end.

If you refer to the realbook the chord progression for the first 16 bars is :

FM7 | F#°7 |Gm7 | C7 |
Am7 | Dm7 | G-7 | C7  |
FM7 | F#°7 | Gm7 | C7 |
Am7 | Dm7 | C-7 | F7 |

The following analysis below is based on the realbook progression.

  • Jimmy Raney played a 2 bars lick (FM7) before soloing over the previous chord progression. He used notes from the F major scale (F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E) with the #9 (Ab) and the #11(B) as passing tones. These two measures are the last two measures of the theme.
  • Jimmy Raney played an Ab7 lick over the Dm7 chord. Considering that the Dm7 becomes a D7 then you can play a tritone substitution line over it. D7 could be substituted by Ab7.

The tritone substitution is one of the most common substitutions found in jazz music. The basic application of a tritone substitution is to take any 7th chord and play another 7th chord a tritone away from that initial chord. Take a look at this page for more tritone substitution jazz guitar lines.

  • Bar 9 : G minor7 arpeggio (G-Bb-D-F) over the Gm7 chord.
  • Bar 10 he plays a Bb major seven arpeggio (Bb-D-F-A) by adding a sixth (G) and a ninth (C).
  • Bar 12 : Notes from the A phrygian scale (A-Bb-C-D-E-F-G).
  • Bars 14 & 15 : Notes from the D aeolian scale (D-E-F-G-A-Bb-C) with a D minor arpeggio inside (D-F-A).
  • Bar 16 : Tritone substitution (Ab7 lick over the Dm7 chord).
  • Bar 17 : G aeolian scale ( G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb-F).
  • Bar 18 : Eb minor melodic scale over the F7 chord.

Remember that all the fingering are suggested. Those lines are simply a working basis. You have to develop them by changing notes, varying the fingering, adding fretting-hand effects (Hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, slides, vibratos) and finding some new musical ideas.

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Jimmy raney solo transcription | Have you met miss Jones

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