101 BEBOP ERA PATTERNS FOR ii - V7 PROJECT:


David Baker is a notable Jazz educator who extensively studied and codified Bebop. He wrote many books on Jazz and Improvisation, and among others, "How To Play Bebop" which is in 3 volumes.

He basically selected and transcribed 101 typical Bebop lines and compiled them into the first chapter of "How To Play Bebop Vol.2".

The book is for all instruments, and its subtitle is "Learning the Bebop Language: Patterns, Formulae and Other Linking Materials".

Those "Bebop Era Patterns" are now considered Public Domain and are very helpful in understanding Bebop and Jazz Improvisation.

There are multiple fingerings for the guitar though, and I am presenting a methodical approach for each line, so that we can explore as many possibilities as we can.

The key for all the lines is C Major, and the implied chords are:

Dm7 - G7 - (CMaj7)

(note that not all of the examples necessarily resolve to the I chord)

Each line is meant to be played in all 12 keys. I strongly suggest that you hum or sing while playing them, as it is the proven way to internalize their sound. The idea is of course not to simply "plug" them into our solos, but to absorb them and come up with our own variations when we improvise.

So, don't just watch me play them: pick 1 or 2 at first, and go through the process !

This page is going to be a work in progress, as I will regularly add each new line as I (slowly…) go through and document them all.

Wish me luck !



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