Miles Davis - So What tab

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From: tgannon@charlie.usd.edu (spideir)

 "So What" (Miles Davis)--opening "theme"
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 -- comp. Miles Davis & Bill Evans (from _Kind_of_Blue_, 1959)
   -- guitar arr., tcg, '8?, '94
   -- 4/4 // Keys: Dm; Ebm // Allegro
                                                     __3__
   -- eighth notes (1 &) are "swing" 8ths: closer to 1 & & . . . .
                                                     DAH duh
   -- what follows is the opening of the tune (after some Debussy-esque
       ad-lib piano diddling by Evans), apparently the only pre-composed
       part of the song; it's a neat interplay of bluesy bass and quartal
       piano chords, both integrated into the following guitar "arrangement":

 Form (32-bar): ||: A (8 measures) - A (8) - B (8) - A (8) :||

{pick-up measure} A:: Em7/11 Dm7/11 Em7/11 Dm7/11 -----------------||----------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| -----------------||----------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-| -----------------||o---------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| -----------------||o---------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| ----------5-/7---||--5==-----7==---5--|----------5-/7----|--5-------7==---5-| --3/5-7-8------8-||-------------------|--3/5-7-8------8--|----5==-----------| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Em7/11 Dm7/11 Em7/11 Dm7/11 |------------------|---------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| |------------------|---------8==---6--|------------------|----------7==---5-| |------------------|---------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| |------------------|---------7==---5--|------------------|----------7==---5-| |----------5-/7----|-5==-----7==---5--|---5/7--/7--/7-5==|==5==-----7==---5-| |--3/5-7-8------8--|------------------|------------------|------------------| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
__________________ __________________ | 1. [repeat A]| 2. [to B->] |-----------------||-------------------| |-----------------||-------------------| |----------------o||-------------------| |----------------o||-------------------| |----------5-/7---||----------6-/8-----| |--3/5-7-8------8-||--4/6-8-9------9---| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
B:: Fm7/11 Ebm7/11 Fm7/11 Ebm7/11 |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|------------------| |---------9==---7--|------------------|----------9==---7-|------------------| |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|------------------| |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|------------------| |-6==-----8==---6--|----------6-/8----|--6-------8==---6-|----------6-/8----| |------------------|--4/6-8-9------9--|----6==-----------|--4/6-8-9------9--| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Fm7/11 Ebm7/11 Fm7/11 Ebm7/11 [to A->] |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|-----------------|| |---------9==---7--|------------------|----------9==---7-|-----------------|| |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|----------------o|| |---------8==---6--|------------------|----------8==---6-|----------------o|| |-6==-----8==---6--|----------6-/8----|--6-------8==---6-|----------5-/7---|| |------------------|--4/6-8-9------9--|----6==-----------|--3/5-7-8------8-|| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
--------------------------------------------------------------| ... rest of tune a free-form improv over the same A-A-B-A 32--|bar form: two 8-bar sections ("A-A") of Dm dorian, 8 bars of Ebm dorian ("B"), and 8 more bars ("A") of Dm dorian. The bass starts "walking," the piano comps/ ad-libs quartal-modal chord voicings, and Miles & the other horn players take leads in Dm & Ebm Dorian. (Dorian in Dm: d-e-f-g-a-b-c-d; Eb Dorian a half-step higher). . . . Here's the start of Miles' lead, to give you a better idea (note that the D dorian scale "fits" whether the chord is Dm7/11 or Em7/11: both consist of notes from this very scale)--
{pick-up} A:: -10=====-||------------------|------------------|------------| ---------||------------------|------10-8----10--|------------| ---------||--7============---|--10--------------|--7-7=------| ---------||------------------|------------------|------------| ---------||------------------|------------------|------------| ---------||------------------|------------------|------------| 3 & 4 & 1 2 3 4 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 &
| --:--tcg )
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