Playing Legos

I’ve been working for about a year and a half on the materials from my lessons with Steve Anderson. Aside from scales and bebop lines, I’ve been working on the four building blocks of bebop: arpeggios, scales, chromatic surrounds, and deflections. Each element has variations, such as working on them with fingering patterns.

My goal has been to use these elements together over the chord changes of a jazz standard, and practice that standard in every key. Thanks in part to the dexterity gained through practicing bebop line fragments in every key with both hands, I started this week working out on Charlie Parker’s Confirmation using the four bebop elements as ‘Lego blocks’ to build a solo.

It’s been very challenging- the first two days I chose A maj and B maj as my keys. Neither key is used very often in jazz compositions.

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