Sonny Stitt Bebop Tactics

5 Must-Know Bebop Tactics From Sonny Stitt

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Forrest

Jazz Advice and Tips, Jazz Language, Jazz Musicians, Jazz Standards

Bebop language is at the very heart of jazz. From the classic beboppers to the crazy out players, every great jazz improviser has spent time absorbing, imitating, and developing timeless bebop language. There’s just something about the feel, phrasing, and voice leading of bebop language that’s crucial for every jazz musician to understand… And to gain …

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Charlie Parker Plays The Blues

3 Transitions in the Blues You Gotta Nail: Charlie Parker Bosses the Blues

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Forrest

Blues, Jazz Advice and Tips, Jazz Language, Jazz Musicians, Jazz Standards, Perspectives

Blues is the backbone of so much in jazz. The melancholic feeling. The soul. The call-and-response phrasing, walking groove, and clearly defined melodic statements…blues is ingrained in jazz at its very roots. And every jazz musician at some point or another has to learn how to play the blues. There’s no way around it. If …

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Secrets to confirmation

Charlie Parker’s Secrets to Confirmation

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Forrest

Jazz Musicians, Jazz Standards

Confirmation is one of those tunes that gives most people a difficult time. But somehow Charlie Parker had no problem playing the most beautiful lines over it time and time again. His lines flow naturally and effortlessly as if he’s composing a perfect solo in real-time… In fact, I remember Eric Alexander telling us students …

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How To Play Fast Tempos

How to Play Cherokee like a Pro: 24 Melodic Tricks for Insanely Fast Tempos (Premium)

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Eric

Jazz Advice and Tips, Jazz Musicians, Jazz Standards, Premium Only

Have you ever wondered how the best players can play incredibly fast, regardless of the key, the chords, or the tune? I’m not just talking about running memorized licks and technical patterns…I mean soloing at breakneck speed with actual melodic lines over the progression. Trying to improvise on uptempo tunes can be frustrating and the truth …

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