The BEBOP Chain – Free Jazz Improv Exercise PDF

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This is the free PDF companion to my YouTube video about the “Bebop Chain” exercises.  These exercises will open up your world to the art of melodic construction – using passing tones, chromaticism and rhythm to weave through harmony.

I hope you enjoy the exercises and that you find them helpful!

-Tim

 

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BEBOP Chain Exercise – A Jazz Lesson

This is the free PDF companion to my YouTube video about the “Bebop Chain” exercises.  These exercises will open up your world to the art of melodic construction – using passing tones, chromaticism and rhythm to weave through harmony.

It’s methodical and organized (as much as a left-handed brained person can be). I just used a C major 7th chord as an example, but obviously you can expand this idea into whatever chord type you want.

I used to think that improvising in a bebop style was some sort of magic – that musicians just had this amazing ability to envision these long and complex lines that included hip chromaticism and rhythmic phrasing.. and while that is true to a point, it’s also much less of a mystery now that I learned this “bebop chain” method.

When I learned this, it completely changed the way I practiced. I started writing my own lines, using shapes that fit well on the vibraphone and in different keys. I started to form good ‘habits’ – little melodic lines that I play without thinking about it.

This is how you can develop your vocabulary as a jazz musician – by learning the intricacies of these small melodic fragments, and then being able to weave in and out of them at will. This is how you master the bebop language.

I hope these exercises will inspire you to write your own bebop lines!

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

-Tim

 

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