One of my all time favorite pieces of music is John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things,” so I decided to see if I could find out how to play his part in that song. Using this video…
…as my source material, I came up with a tab of the melody part (from 0:16-0:29 in the video). I haven’t typed out the tab yet (it’s just scratched on some paper), but I first have a couple questions. One, does it start in B minor? From about 0:16-0:23, all the notes he plays (as far as I can tell) are in the B minor scale. (From what I can tell he starts an the 14th fret of the D string, then 16th fret of the G string, etc.) Two, does he switch to E minor at about 0:24? It looks like he goes to the 12th fret of the D string, then 14th fret of the G string, then 12th fret of the G string, all of which are in the E minor scale, right?
At 0:25, it looks like he plays the 15th fret of the A string with his pinky, then plays a variation of a minor scale starting on the 14th fret of the A string…? I’m guessing that what I’m calling a “variation” is a mode (Phrygian)…? Also, what’s going on with that single note on the 15th fret of the A string? It sounds awesome, but also feels a little out of place (in a good way).
I know this is just a very short snippet of the song, but it’s slow going for me.