Essential Jazz Lines in the Style of Charlie Parker
Essential Jazz Lines in the Style of Charlie Parker PDF + Mp3 CD download. Charlie Parker was arguably one of the most influential jazz musicians to have ever lived. This text presents numerous jazz lines in Charlie’s style, grouped by their application in a given harmonic content. Students will learn to connect lines to play over ii-V-I progressions, turnarounds and other harmonic frameworks.
To facilitate proficiency in all twelve keys, each section of the book has a chordal play-along that modulates around the circle of fourths. Some of the techniques used in the Charlie Parker style will also be discussed with examples provided. This will help musicians analyze each of the ideas presented, further ensuring their mastery.
Christiansen’s book focuses on a few key concepts that one sees over and over in bebop, particularly in the music of Charlie Parker. Some examples include scales used over major, minor, and dominant chords; use of approach and “target” notes; and motifs such as the 3 to b9 interval.
While the numerous one- and two-bar solo examples, imperfect as they be from time to time, provide a good start, the student should really focus on using these concepts in his or her own improvising. The CD that comes with the book provides great backing tracks for the student to solo along to (chords and ii-V-I changes in all keys, plus a couple tunes at the end).
For the student who really wants to get to the bottom of Charlie Parker, this book is a great place to start.
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