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The Bebop Approach

January 24, 2007

The simplification and organization of the creative process behind bebop wholly depends on an understanding of its chromatic language. Charlie Parker is widely credited with the development of this chromatic language; his predecessors had mostly utilized diatonic structures and Parker’s innovative sound went on to inspire countless saxophonists. Just as is the case with any […]

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Solo Development

November 1, 2006

Teaching Solo Development in Improvisation Whether a musician has been improvising for twenty years or twenty minutes, the challenges of pacing and development during an improvised solo are significant. Great improvised solos are often described as “telling stories” to listeners.These solos increase and decrease in intensity in the same ways that well-told verbal stories do.During […]

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