Jazz Phrasing Part 5: “Quoting” Bebop Heads and Standard Tunes (For All Instruments)

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Complete your jazz phrasing adventure with Steve Herberman’s 5th part of this popular Jazz Phrasing lesson series on Mike’s Masterclasses.

The rhythmic and melodic language of jazz is not only in the solo lines of your favorite jazzers but also in the MELODIES of the tunes they play. These are the classic bebop heads, bossa nova tunes and standard tunes we hear all the time. When you internalise these great melodies (with their often complex and swinging rhythms) you will learn how to level up your single note improvising. Give your phrasing a fresh new perspective by learning direct from the source, via the step by step guidance of our experienced jazz master, maestro Steve Herberman.

Classic bebop heads have great swinging phrasing and articulation. Borrowing rhythmic and/or melodic motifs (“quoting”) is a terrific way to get better jazz phrasing and articulation. The fun comes into play when we move these motifs to different pitch levels in order to fit the chord changes. Transposing these ideas in numerous ways to fit the chord changes of your favorite tunes is key (pun intended!)

This is where theory meets musicality on your instrument! Watch how you can make ideas multiply as Steve will show you how to change the rhythmic entry points of the phrases. In addition to showing you great musical examples, Steve also shares cool stories about Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins related to this very topic! You’ll learn to work with shorter motifs from tunes and learn how to become an expert at moving them around. Get the most value from these melodies with Steve’s guidance!

The examples contained in the 8-page class PDF demonstrate these principles over the tunes “Out Of Nowhere” and Rhythm Changes. You’ll get to study how the motifs can be disguised by changing either their pitch level or altering their rhythms. Many of the greatest jazz improvisers were masters of dropping in quotes in clever ways. Sonny Rollins is perhaps the best example, often fitting in quotes in the most surprising places. This adds both humor and a sense of wonderment to his solos. Wouldn’t it be great to have this skill in your toolset?

In this class, Steve shares some of his favorite quotes and contrafacts so you’ll have a great starting point. You simply can’t go wrong with well-conceived melodic and rhythmic phrases penned by the masters, replete with crisp articulations and inherent swing.

If you want to maximize your practice time, get this video by Steve Herberman and start quoting today!

Concepts Covered and Demonstrated

  • How to quote and transpose melodies to fit other chord progressions
  • How to use exact rhythms and modified rhythms
  • How to alter pitch levels for quotes (so you get more mileage from the melodies)
  • 13 musical examples, notated in both standard notation and tablature
  • A complete 2 chorus solo on Rhythm Changes (fully transcribed along with tablature)

Outcome from this course:

You’ll learn how to maximise the melodies you already know and how to incorporate new quotes as you develop your repertoire. Also, you will learn a 2 chorus solo Rhythm Changes that demonstrates how far you can develop the concepts covered in the course.

  • 8 pages of PDF written material notated in standard notation (and TAB for guitarists)
  • Running time: 45 minutes

Jazz Phrasing Part 5: “Quoting” Bebop Heads and Standard Tunes (For All Instruments) Class Content | Steve Herberman

The rhythmic and melodic language of music and jazz is not only in the solo lines of your favorite jazz players but also in the melodies of the tunes they play. These could be bebop heads, bossa nova tunes, standard tunes etc. Using these great melodies with their often complex and swinging rhythms we will look at how to apply them to your single note improvising giving your phrasing a fresh new perspective. The great bebop heads for example have great phrasing and articulation which really help give the music forward motion and swing. Borrowing rhythmic and/or melodic motifs (“quoting”) can be a terrific way of learning to utilize better jazz phrasing and articulation. The fun comes into play when we move these motifs around to different pitch levels in order to fit the chord changes. Working on transposing these ideas in numerous ways to fit the chord changes of your favorite tunes is a very important way to practice. It’s where theory meets musicality on your instrument! We can change where the phrases begin rhythmically and work with shorter motifs from these tunes becoming experts at moving them around.

The examples contained in the class PDF demonstrate these principles over the tunes “Out Of Nowhere” and “Rhythm” Changes. Often these motifs can be disguised by changing either their pitch level or altering their rhythms. Many of the greatest jazz improvisers were master of dropping in quotes in clever ways. Sonny Rollins is perhaps the best example, often fitting in quotes in the most surprising places, adding both humor and a sense of wonderment to his solos.

In this class, Steve uses some of his favorite quotes and contrafacts. You simply can’t go wrong with well-conceived melodic and rhythmic phrases penned by the masters, replete with crisp articulations and inherent swing.

  • 8 pages of PDF written material notated in standard notation (and TAB for guitarists)
  • Running time: 45 minutes
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Class
Jazz Phrasing 5: Intro 00:03:44
Jazz Phrasing 5 : The Concept 00:00:58
Jazz Phrasing 5: Hi Fly by Randy Weston 00:01:28
Jazz Phrasing 5: Like Sonny – John Coltrane 00:00:38
Jazz Phrasing 5: Hot House – Tadd Dameron 00:00:43
Jazz Phrasing 5: Ceora – Lee Morgan 00:00:35
Jazz Phrasing 5: Other Songs and Artists 00:02:11
Exercise 1: Out of Nowhere using Pent Up House Phrase 00:00:30
Exercise 2a: Out of Nowhere using Robbins Nest 00:00:44
Exercise 2b: Out of Nowhere using Robbins Nest – alt rhythm 00:01:02
Exercise 2b: Different pitch level and slightly alt rhythm 00:01:19
Jazz Phrasing 5: Bill Evans Story 00:01:56
Jazz Phrasing 5: Sonny Rollins Story 00:02:07
Exercise 3a: Out of Nowhere using Cool Blues 00:00:27
Exercise 3b: Different Pitch Level 00:01:07
Exercise 4a: Out of Nowhere using Parisian Thoroughfare 00:01:01
Exercise 4b: Different Pitch Level 00:00:57
Exercise 5a: Nostalgia Fats Navarro 00:02:44
Exercise 5b: Nostalgia – Different Pitch Level 00:01:04
Exercise 6a 6b 6c: Star Trek over Out of Nowhere 00:02:02
Jazz Phrasing 5: 7 Quotes on Rhythm Changes 00:04:24
Jazz Phrasing 5: 7 Explanation 1st chorus AA 00:02:56
Jazz Phrasing 5: 7 Explanation 1st chorus BA 00:03:07
Jazz Phrasing 5: 7 Explanation 2nd Chorus AA 00:03:31
Jazz Phrasing 5: 7 Explanation 2nd Chorus BA 00:01:55
Jazz Phrasing 5: Outro and Solo 00:03:56

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