Hi, I’m practicing Tune Up, and to avoid having myself memorize notes, or hand positions, or even voicings, I am trying to play it in a different key everyday. I have experimented a bit with notation. Let’s take the lead sheet for Tune Up in the real book. I “pretend” it’s in D major. I would write it as:
- D: (ii V7 I %)
- down 1 whole step in C (ii V7 I %)
- down 1 whole step in Bb (ii V7 I IV)
- back to D (ii V7 VImaj ii V7)
Then for the melody, I write it in a “tab” fashion, so I can have the rhythmic values, but instead of the notes, I write (11 b3) (b5 5) (3) because A is 11 of Em7, G is b3 of Em7, Eb is b5 of A7, etc… That way I can take the melody and the chords into an arbitrary key, and I very slowly have to work wout what the 11 and b5 (it’s easier for 3 and 9 and 7 of the chords are.
Is there a better way to do this?