Jazz Phrasing – Speaking The Language

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Getting to the point where your solos start to sound like Jazz is a huge milestone in your journey. In many ways, phrasing is the one thing that really matters when it comes to getting something to sound like Jazz, and the feeling of playing and locking in with the rhythm section in your solo is really fantastic.

This lesson collection contains 6 lessons that will help you develop your phrasing. The best way to learn phrasing is by playing etudes and solos, so most of these are based around short, easy to play, solos on simpler pieces, and in a medium tempo. This makes it more achievable to work on through the exercises and feel that you are getting somewhere.

The exercises and solos will help boost your

– Bebop phrasing  and dynamics

– Swing-feel and adding Blues phrasing to Jazz

– Make your solos rhythmically more interesting

In my journey of learning Jazz guitar, I found that phrasing was one of the things that I really had to figure out for myself, so I took a lot of the things that I learned and made them into material that for the most part is included in this collection.

Jazz & Bebop Phrasing - C Blues

A lot of students come to a point where they realize that even when they play good lines they don't sound "right" And this is the beginning of the study of bop phrasing.
 
 
In this lesson I am using some exercises and 3 choruses of blues etudes  to demonstrate good ways to get your jazz phrasing better in a step wise manner. The main focus is on learning how to use accents and also how to analyze a line so that you know where you should put the accents. This is done through exercises and etudes which I demonstrate and discuss in the videos.
 
Even if there are no strict rules when it comes to phrasing in any genre, it is very useful to have some guidelines to work from when trying to develop your phrasing.   
 
This lesson will probably also help you get a better understanding and ear for when something is a good jazz line or not, since some lines are easier to phrase in a jazzy way than others as you will see in the lesson.

Jazz-Blues - 4 Easy Jazz Phrasing Etudes

4 Simple one chorus Jazz blues exercises to help you Improve Your Jazz Phrasing.

There are a lot of great challenges when it comes to playing jazz. In the end, one of the biggest ones is that even when you know how to play the right notes on the chords and have an idea about how to improvise over them, but it still doesn't sound like jazz.

Take The A Train - Bebop Embellishments

If you want to learn to play and improvise Jazz, then you want to learn bebop. Bebop is the foundation of pretty much all modern Jazz. When you study bebop, you are building a very rich language and a strong skill set for improvising jazz. Especially when it comes to soloing on chord changes.

This lesson is adding a few techniques to the way you make lines when improvising and especially giving you the ability to add some great bop phrasing techniques to your playing.

Blues Phrasing on a Jazz Standard - There Is No Greater Love

One of the main parts of jazz is the blues. Mixing Blues phrases with jazz phrases is a huge part of the jazz tradition from the beginning and until now. When you listen to George Benson, Joe Pass or Wes Montgomery playing a standard you hear a lot of phrases that are blues phrases. But the Blues doesn't actually belong on a jazz progression, so in this video I am going to demonstrate how you can use blues phrases on a medium jazz standard. 
 
Some of the approaches are strictly using the Blues scale of the key, but since the blues is more than just a scale there are other phrasing tricks and a few modern harmony ideas that help getting some blues phrasing in there.
 
The Lesson includes a 2 Chorus Solo on a slow medium tempo There's No Greater Love. Lot's of phrases that mix blues ideas and phrasing with more traditional bop melodies. Some challenging double time and triplet runs to improve you technique.

Satin Doll - Easy Jazz Phrasing and Lines

Learning to play the Scales and Arpeggios is difficult, but many of us can sit down and work on that. The real problem is to turn that material into a solo that sounds like a real piece of music.  This is where we get into trouble:

How do you make it sound like Jazz and how do you make it sound like a piece of music, not just notes over a song.

This lesson will take help you develop your phrasing and solo playing so that you can connect the phrases in the solo and make it a complete piece of music. 

The lesson is developed around a 2 chorus solo on Satin Doll. The solo is filled with strong melodic statements using the basic scales and arpeggios. I have made an analysis and a set of exercises to help you develop your own abilities as an improviser.

- Make strong melodies on Satin Doll using basic materials.

- Connect phrases using motivic development and call-response.

- Develop your Jazz phrasing and rhythmical language.

Bebop And Swing Phrasing - Ladybird

This lesson will help you build your vocabulary and skills when it comes to playing phrases with more jazz rhythm and better phrasing.

Going through the solo and analysis you will develop
- Phrases and motifs with more rhythm
- How you can use rhythm in jazz a solo
- Phrasing and melodic playing from both swing and bebop

Description

Getting to the point where your solos start to sound like Jazz is a huge milestone in your journey. In many ways, phrasing is the one thing that really matters when it comes to getting something to sound like Jazz, and the feeling of playing and locking in with the rhythm section in your solo is really fantastic.

This lesson collection contains 6 lessons that will help you develop your phrasing. The best way to learn phrasing is by playing etudes and solos, so most of these are based around short, easy to play, solos on simpler pieces, and in a medium tempo. This makes it more achievable to work on through the exercises and feel that you are getting somewhere.

The exercises and solos will help boost your

  • Bebop phrasing  and dynamics
  • Swing-feel and adding Blues phrasing to Jazz
  • Make your solos rhythmically more interesting

In my journey of learning Jazz guitar, I found that phrasing was one of the things that I really had to figure out for myself, so I took a lot of the things that I learned and made them into material that for the most part is included in this collection.

Be aware that the lesson download is a lot of fairly big files so download it to your PC and remember to be a little patient!

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