I'm working on some tunes with lots of minor ii-V7's in them and I seem to be having significant problems with my chord melody. I'm decent at improvising chord melody over major ii-V's but for some reason I can't get the minor progressions to come through for me. Definitely, a component of that is the simple fact that I haven't done too much chord melody over them compared to major ii/Vs, but for some reason when I come to these I just throw out licks rather than being able to carry a melody across the changes. Do you guys have any recommendations or thoughts on how to work out my problem? How do you approach chord melody?
Also, I was thinking of looking into the Ted Greene books. Is it worth it?
It looks like the majority of Chord chemistry is available through google books: http://bit.ly/bD6d0T
So, I'm considering one of his other books. Is it worth the investment? Will I get a lot out of it, or is it just page after page of grids with chords on them?