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 in a masterclass that when he first saw the Omni Book, he thought that it was a conspiracy. That no one could possibly have played solos this perfect without writing them out first.
But the scary thing…Bird actually did come up with this stuff in real-time…
His musical intuition somehow guided him from one perfect line to another, coming up with what seemed like endless perfect melodic ideas.
Today, we’ll take a look inside the genius mind of Charlie Parker, uncovering some of his secrets to playing over Confirmation.
Breaking down Confirmation Changes
Have a listen to the tune a few times and take a look at the changes to Confirmation.
Can you hear the changes?
Pay attention to the slight differences between the first and second A sections and the use of ii Vs to travel from one place to another.
The changes are not actually that daunting, I mean, it’s not like they look like a Wayne Shorter tune.
So why do Confirmation Changes trip you up and what can you do about it?
The most challenging aspect of Confirmation Changes is the tricky little descent of ii Vs … Read More