SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE:


Like many Charlie Parker compositions, "Scrapple From The Apple" is based on the changes to another well-known tune-- usually a popular song from that era. In this case, the composition was "Honeysuckle Rose".

Basically, the idea was to pick a song with interesting soloing changes, and then write another melody over it. Often though, the new melody would call for alternate changes: a different chord here, an extra ii-V there... just to make things a little more interesting or more challenging for the improviser.

Here are a few different ways to think of the A section of "Scrapple From The Apple":

| Gm7 | C7 | Gm7 | C7 |
| FMaj7 | Bb7 Bdim7 | FMaj7/C | D7 |
| Gm7 | C7 | Gm7 | C7 |
| FMaj7 | Bb7 Bdim7 | FMaj/C Gm7 C7| FMaj7 ||

or:

| Gm7 | C7 | Gm7 | C7 |
| FMaj7 | Gm7 C7 | Am7 | D7 |
| Gm7 | C7 | Gm7 | C7 |
| FMaj7 | Gm7 C7 | FMaj7 Gm7 C7| FMaj7 ||



Here's another way to navigate through the first 4 measures:

| Gm7 | Am7 | BbMaj7 | C7 |

This is just a simple ascending diatonic progression. The purpose would be to smoothly link the Gm7 to the C7.

We could also play Bb6 in place of that BbMaj7, which becomes an inversion of our Gm7.

If we start to think in terms of inversions, we will be able to smooth out the bass movement between chords, without a need to re-harmonize.



Let's revisit the first 4 measures then.



We could voice something like:

Gm7/Bb | C7 | Gm7/D | C7/E | FMaj7 | etc.

or:

| Gm7/D | C7(b9)/Db | Gm7/Bb | C7(b9)/Bb | FMaj7/A | etc.



Below are some examples with 3-note voicings that use a bass line on the 6th string:





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Inversions can also allow us to squeeze in more chords into those same first 4 measures.



We could experiment with:

| Gm7 Am7 | Gm7/Bb Am7/C | Gm7/D | C7/E | etc.

or even:

| Gm7 Am7 | Gm7/Bb Am7/C | Gm7/D Am7/E | Gm7/F C7/G | FMaj7/A | etc.




As you see, there are many, many options...



The chords for the Bridge are the same as for "Rhythm Changes" (in the key of F Major).

The basic template is:

| A7 | % | D7 | % |
| G7 | % | C7 | % ||

All of the usual substitutions used for "Rhythm Changes" will apply here as well: companion ii7 preceding some of the Dominant chords, Tritone subs, etc.

Interestingly, there is no actual melody for the bridge: players either improvise those 8 measures, or sometime let the drummer solo.



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