So I’m in a Jazz Standards group on Facebook where I learn different standards. Usually I translate the chords and melody into IFR map terms, and I find that very helpful to help with soloing etc.
I generally think about this in terms of major (world 1) or minor (world 6) - so say Autumn leaves I’d think of the minor 251 as chord 6, chord 7 and chord 3 dominant, and I’d think of the opening line of the melody running 6,7, 1, 4. . .
However, it turns out it’s quite useful to think of lots of minor jazz tunes in terms of Dorian/World 2. So for example I’m learning Yesterdays at the moment. Harmonically it starts with a minor ii V I, and I started thinking of that in terms of 6 being the tonic. However, the way the melody runs it’s obviously kind of written as Dorian - if you’re using 6 as the tonic the third line for example goes:
6,7,1,2, b3, 3, b5 5, 1, b5,7
But if you think of that 6 as a 2 then you get:
2, 3, 4, 5, b6, 6, 7, 1, 4, 7, 3
Which feels neater and just more in tune with the music somehow to me.
Now I know that this is exactly the same musically, but if you go down the world 2 route then the minor 251 becomes something along the lines of 3-(b5), 6D, 2, and that feels much less intuitive than the 7, 3D, 6 - simply because you’ve just got remember the #5 in the 3D.
Anyway, so what I wanted to ask is how to other people think of minor harmony in different modes in IFR terms - do you tend to stick in world 6 and deal with extra accidentals in the melody/soloing as they come up, or do you translate the harmony into world 2 or whatever.
Sorry, if this isn’t making sense, just curious about how other people think about this!