Enclosures are notes that enclose a target note (and a staple of bebop). These 12 exercises will help you get a hold of the concept in a quick, practical way.
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Here are the altissimo fingerings that work for me on tenor sax.
This groove is so tight it just makes you wanna get up and dance!
Playing quarter notes at 60 bpm is a worthwhile and challenging way to work on many things, but if you want real accuracy, you need to do this.
Melodic minor is an important scale in jazz. But it can be a bit confusing at first. Here’s how I approach it (and 4 important jazz scales derived from it).
By turning Coltrane’s phrase into an exercise, we can develop facility for playing more interesting (chromatically decorated) lines over chord changes.
This is a 4-bar phrase that is a great way to start any chorus of blues. It contains the elements we’ve been discussing: Lydian Dominant, bebop, and triplets.
Here’s a “bread and butter” bebop lick that Sonny employs. It features not only the Lydian Dominant scale, but also the use of triplets.
Taking a single phrase – like the hip one Sonny Rollins opens his solo with – can lead to new vocabulary. How? By analyzing it, applying it, and altering it.