Jazz Piano School Ep: 49 – How to Start Playing Bebop

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Learning bebop can be quite easy when you relate it to building legos! Simply connect the lego’s and bam, you got bebop. Am I making sense? Of course not, but kinda.

Learn the simple approaches to improve or start piecing together your bebop improv.

Bullet Points

    • 1. Practice half step below approach
    • 2. Practice chord scale above approach
    • 3. Practice combining approaches
    • 4. Integrate approaches into beginning, middle and end of lines separately.

 

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9 thoughts on “Jazz Piano School Ep: 49 – How to Start Playing Bebop”

  1. Thank you for giving so generously of your time and your expertise. Now and only now I understand what impresses me in these jazz pianists. Thanks again.
    Aziz

  2. thank you so much for unlocking this approach I always wondered how people built theirs runs and soloing on the piano and organ please do more……. i will be studying this for a while what other podcasts do you suggest ? i am an intermediate player but i want to get into the bebop jazz feel

    • Hey Rob,
      definitely check out the improv podcasts on connecting chords tones, or the podcasts on building motifs melodically and rhythmically. Those should help a lot! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Brendan,
    Thanks so much for breaking this down into exercises that make sense! Although it sounds easy, these exercises are challenging, but a must in order to become fluent in jazz/bebop language.

    I’m a classically-trained player, and jazz has been very challenging and frustrating to learn. I’m glad I stumbled on your podcasts and videos. I’ll definitely keep watching and listening. Thank you! (I’ll be sure to give you a great rating in iTunes as well.)

    P.S……That solo part you play at 26:40 on the video…do you have that transcribed in the practice materials? (I love learning jazz phrases to transpose, since I sometimes get bored with exercises. Any recommendations/resources to learn phrases?)

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