Autumn Leaves is probably one of the most often played tunes by jazz students and it is a very good vehicle to demonstrate some basic improvisation principles. The video shows a short improvisation on 7 different levels, from basic melody to complete improvisation (one chorus). Each next level increases the amount of variation, notes and scales used, the range of positions played. The scales used in the examples are mostly these:
The fretboard display shown here is part of the Jazz Exercises package.