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 Responses

  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.

  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

    1. 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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