4 Kenny Garrett Patterns to Get Outside on Rhythm Changes

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For a long time, patterns in jazz have been popular as a way for jazz improvisers to expand their improvisational toolkit. You see, patterns have a natural order to them that make them perfect for many jazz different improvisation applications.

But every great musician uses patterns in their own unique way…

Today, we’ll be looking at how the one and only Kenny Garrett utilizes patterns in an incredible solo over Rhythm Changes.

Years ago, I can remember hearing this solo for the first time and being totally blown away…Who starts a solo like this? How is he coming up with these things? WHAT is he doing?!?!

It takes place on the Roy Haynes album, Birds of a Feather, over the Charlie Parker tune, Moose The Mooche.

And if you’ve never heard this solo before, you’re in for a treat…

Can you hear how he’s using patterns to get him outside the harmony?

Somehow, he can superimpose his own structures on top of the chord changes that completely conflict with the harmony, but he never sounds wrong.

And this is exactly the type of thing you’re going to learn how to do today – things like:

  • How to understand patterns and what they’re made of
  • How to practice these patterns and think about them
  • How to apply patterns in a way to get you outside the harmony

By the end of this lesson, the magic behind Kenny’s craziness will be revealed and you’ll have an idea about what’s going on behind the curtain.

Let’s get started…

Understanding Targets in Rhythm Changes

Aim for targets

The first key to understanding how Kenny Garrett uses patterns has to do with how he’s aiming for specific target points within the Rhythm Changes form.

These target points are crucial any time you want to ...

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