By now Part 1 should be getting settled into your ears and fingers. On Part 2… we are going to take three sections of Charlie Parker's solo on "Buzzy" and open it up through the keys.
- The first four bars of his last chorus on "Buzzy" via four bar phrases through twelve keys.
- The second four bars of his last chorus on "Buzzy" via four bar phrases through twelve keys.
- The last four bars of his first chorus on "Buzzy" via four bar phrases through twelve keys.
Listen... to the phrase shape through the four bars. Bird was a perfect phraser. Beautiful! Listen to the note choice, rhythmic twists, tension and release. This is the ultimate in blues playing! It doesn't get better than this. It's nasty and dirty low-down and hip all at once. Listen how these three phrases work.
Now… memorize, sing, and study it again and again, as to get it internalized into your subconscious mind/ear.
I hope this opened up your private playing
Tim Price is a Selmer Clinician, professional musician, jazz journalist and author.
He teaches in New York City and Pennsylvania.
He holds a degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1973 graduate). While at Berklee, he studied with Charlie Mariano, as well as with Andy McGhee, Joe Viola, and Nick Ciazza. After Berklee he studied saxophone and improvisation with Sal Nistico, Fred Lipsius, Jimmy Lyons, Ray Pizzi, Sonny Stitt, and Ronnie Cuber; flute with Harold Jones; clarinet with Kal Opperman and bassoon with Karen Borca.
Tim resides in Reading, Pennsylvania with his wife, Marcia. He can be contacted for clinics, master classes, private teaching, gigs, and concerts by e-mail. Visit Tim's web site.