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BEBOP AND BEYOND MAINSTREAM

ADVANCED CREATIVE JAZZ IMPROVISATION - 2012

by PAUL SORENSEN

PART ONE: THE ART OF IMPROVISATION

1. PRACTICE METHODS AND CREATIVE IMPROVISATION

a. JAZZ THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. RHYTHM

2. RHYTHM

a. SWING

b. VARIOUS STYLES

PART TWO: DIATONIC CHORDS AND THE MODES OF THE MAJOR SCALE ( IONIAN MODE )

3. THE MAJOR SCALE

a. THEORY / EXCERCISES

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES AND IMPROVISATIONAL EXCERCISES

c. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

4. THE MINOR SCALE ( DORIAN MODE ) II-CHORD

a. JAZZ THEORY / EAR TRAINING

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

5. THE DOMINANT SEVENTH CHORD AND SCALE

a. THEORY / EAR TRAINING

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

6. THE II - V - I PROGRESSION

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISING ON THESE PROGRESSIONS

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

7. THE MINOR SEVENTH CHORD AND SCALE

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISING ON THESE PROGRESSIONS

8. THE MINOR SEVENTH FLAT FIVE OR HALF-  DIMINSHED    CHORD AND SCALE

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISING ON THESE PROGRESSIONS

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

9. THE LYDIAN MODE

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

10. THE PHRYGIAN MODE

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

PART THREE:  CHORD SUBSTITUTIONS, HARMONIC STRUCTURES, AND FORMS.

11. THE BLUES SCALE, THE BLUES FORM, CHORD SUBSTITUTIONS

a. THE BLUES SCALE

b. THEORY

c. SUBSTITUTIONS

d. IMPROVISING IN JAZZ COMPOSITIONS

e. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

12. "RHYTHM" CHANGES AND SECTIONAL FORMS

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISING

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

13. HARMONIC STRUCTURES / COLTRANE SUBSTITUTIONS

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. IMPROVISING ON CHANGES

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

14. FREEFORMS

a. EXCERCISES

b. IMPROVISATION ON COMPOSITIONS

c. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

PART FOUR: ALTERED CHORDS, DIMINISHED CHORDS, WHOLE -TONE AND HARMONIC MINOR SCALES

15. DIMINISHED MODES

a. THEORY / EAR TRAINING

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISING

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

16. THE WHOLE-TONE SCALE

a. THEORY / EAR TRAINING

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

17. THE MELODIC AND HARMONIC MINOR SCALES

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES / EXCERCISES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

18. THE LOCRIAN #2 AND DIMINISHED / WHOLE-TONE

MODES, MINOR CADENCES

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND IMPROVISATION

19. THE LYDIAN AUGMENTED AND LYDIAN DOMINANT

SCALES

a. THEORY

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES

c. IMPROVISATION

d. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

PART FIVE:  PENTATONIC SCALES AND INTERVALIC IMPROVISATION

20.PENTATONIC SCALES

a. THEORY AND EAR TRAINING

b. TECHNICAL STUDIES: MAJOR PENTATONIC SCALES

c. TECHNICAL STUDIES: MINOR PENTATONIC SCALES

d. IMPROVISATION USING PENTATONIC SCALES

e. TRANSCRIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

21. FOUR-NOTE GROUPINGS DERIVED FROM PENTATONIC SCALES

a.THEORY AND EXCERCISES

b. USING FOUR-NOTE GROUPINGS

c. TRANSCIBED SOLOS AND ANALYSIS

22. INTERVALIC IMPROVISATION

a. THEORY AND EXCERCISES

b. IMPROVISATION  ON  JAZZ  COMPOSITIONS  USING CHROMATIC  INTERVALS

c. TRANSCRIBED  SOLOS  AND  ANALYSIS

APPENDIX:

1. Intervals

2. Modes in the Major Scale

3. Modes in the Melodic Minor Scale

4. Diatonic Seventh Chords in Major Keys

5. Diatonic Seventh Chords in Minor Keys

6. Chords and their relationship to Scales

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