To be able to play meaningful jazz improvisations, you need to have tons of ideas in your head as well as under your fingers. So to get ideas to pour out of your horn, you have to somehow “upload” lots of ideas into your head.
That’s what We’re Talkin’ Bebop is all about. Following some text about the process of developing a jazz vocabulary in your playing, this book contains 150 bite-sized melodic chunks in all twelve keys designed to jump start the creative process in your more-fertile-than-you-ever-thought imagination.
Starting with major chords in Part 1, you’ll play several one-bar bebop-style phrases in all twelve keys (moving up a fourth by adding one flat or subtracting one sharp). Then you play two-bar phrases over major chords in all twelve keys, fifty major passages in all.
Then you move to minor chords in Part 2, again playing short, one-bar bebop-style phrases presented in all twelve keys before moving on to two-bar phrases, fifty minor passages in all.
In Part 3, you’re playing another fifty mostly two-bar phrases over dominant chords in all twelve keys. The varying harmonic complexity of dominant phrases is explained in the text of the book to help you “discover” and create some of those “nutty” sounds you’ve heard from the greats.
You’ll be reminded of the bebop greats while you’re playing these melodies. Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Hank Mobley and Kenny Dorham have their musical fingerprints all over the music in this volume. And you’ll be learning to come up with your own sounds the way they did, starting with many of the same melodic fragments that became the very fabric of the bebop genre.
If you’re looking to improve your improvising, this book is sure to assist you in attaining fluency when improvising in the bebop jazz idiom. And, since every passage is presented in every key, alto sax players, flutists, guitarists and even French horn players can all play together out of this book.
Your book comes with play-along files for We’re Talkin’ Bebop, both MIDI and mp3. It’s about 30 minutes of gradually faster tracks, six tracks per part of the book, or 18 tracks (92 minutes) in all. You’ll also find suggestions for maximizing your play-along tools. Since you can benefit from the book with or without the play-along tracks, you are free to decide whether you want to download them and either put mp3s in your mp3 player or burn individual audio play-along CDs to use with your CD player. The MIDI files are for those who wish to modify the tracks using their favorite MIDI sequencing program or Band-In-A-Box to find more ways to benefit from the play-along aspect of this new release. Play-along tracks contain no melody instruments, only piano, bass and drums.
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