The Common Tone concept relies on a series of repeated note sequences played over various chords that maintains common note beneath them. Jazz player in general have two primarily procedures to generate improvise phrases, linear or intervallic motion. The idea of Common Tone Sequences came to help the players to break the so often barrier of monotony that in some part of the path to professionalism tends to appear. This tool for improvisation enhance the harmonic contrast between the line that is been played and the harmony of the tune, leaving in the hands of the interpreter the level of tension or release to apply on the improvise line.
Joe Henderson is the one who made this Common Tone concept so famous in the past century. His unique way to tear apart the scales and re-constructed it in different arpeggio permutations is what make this sequence such a marvelous tool to improve the improvisation technique of every musician.
In this book you will go through over 260 pages of Common Tone exercises, studies, and transcriptions from the styles of Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, and the Brecker Brothers.
This project is an extension of a 8 book collection on improvisation by the same author: