Re: What scales to use over this progression?
This is how I would approach it:
As two different sections as stated above-
dminor , Cmaj ,- D Dorian over the Dm- C Major (ionian) over the C- it's the same scale- just different target notes over each chord. Concentrate on the chord tones for each change and it should sound perfect.
Ebmaj ,Dbmajor then Fminor to Ebmaj. I'd play Eb Mixolydian (F Natural Minor) over all of this-- it's all diatonic to E Mixolydia (F Natural Minor-Aolean) so you don't have to change the scale at all- it would "sound" like Eb Mixolydian- Db Lydian- F Natural Minor- especially since it comes back to that Eb- almost sounds like it's own little section/song on those 4 chords.
The key is to figure out what notes are shared between those two scales and target them for the change over- let's look:
C Major Scale = C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C
E Mixolydian (F Natural Minor Scale) = Eb- F-G-Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb
So the shared tones are C- F- & G- that's what's shared between them so when you change from C major to E Mixolydian you can target the C Major Arpeggio then change to C minor and work from that into your Eb Mixolydian- or whatever but understand that when the Eb chord comes around the C major tonality shifts to minor
Last edited by SRVYJM; 10-02-2015 at 11:35 PM.
Reason: more insight