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Bopology 101

Jeff Brent (2731) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Bopology 101:
Introduction to solo lines
in the Bebop idiom


Midi Riffs 1-8 are played at 105. They are set at this slow tempo to make it easier for the student to hear and understand the lines. To hear them played more "musically", bring the tempo up to around 145.

The improvisational principles here are applicable to any instrument, so if you'd like to see the midi files in this lesson displayed in standard music notation, simply save the file to disk, then open it up in any decent notation program and voil!

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The riffs are only intended to illustrate the principles involved in constructing solo lines in the Bop idiom. What you should do is practice the PRINCIPLES in every key. Spend some time constructing as many interesting musical ideas as you can based on what you learn here. Soon you'll find that you'll be able to easily "visualize" the notes corresponding to the different chords and you'll begin to find that the more you fool around with these ii-V7-I changes the more fluent you'll become. The deeper you look, the more you'll find.


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