Bebop Melody Lessons

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Bebop Melody Lesson 2 : Donna Lee [BML2]

Donna Lee was the first bebop melody I learned (when I was 16) and it made my melodic and harmonic depth (as well as my general technique – trying to get it up to ‘bebop’ tempo) improve in leaps and bounds. In this video I break down some preferred fingerings (you can see the attached…

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Bebop Melody Lesson 1: Billies Bounce [BML1]

JGL Bebop Melody Lesson 1 – Billies Bounce (Blurb) Here we examine a 12 bar blues melody by Charlie Parker. I wanted to study his melodies because ofthe melodic and rhythmic interest he generates in his linear structure, often using extensions as target notes (in both higher and lower…

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