The mark of a great jazz musician is his or her ability to make a personal, unique statement. Starting with his bebop-oriented tune "Boptology," Mike teaches you how to build creative solos, challenging you to find your own voice. The melody of this tune is a complete study tool on it's own as it encompasses several jazz styles. Mike then uses the standard "Love Letters" to analyze chord melody and develop ideas for soloing. He shows you how to utilize the diminished and whole tone scales over dominant 7th chords and demonstrates how to connect what you hear to what you play. "The Improvisor's Friend," a handy chart explaining how to use the melodic minor scale over several chord types, is included in the written text. Intermediate/advanced. Note/diagrams included as either booklet or PDF file on the disc. 80 min.