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Rhythm Changes

by Tim Price

OK… It’s time to get started on this now that we just worked on Blues.

What I’ve done is developed a study on "Rhythm Changes" (based on the standard tune "I Got Rhythm") in a different fashion. We’ve got three choruses here in the key of Bb. I’ve got to say to you all now, please do NOT use this study as sight-reading. It is developed to open your ear to some rhythms, shapes, and harmonic colors.

Check out players like Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis… he played Rhythm Changes in keys like Db, Ab, or D concert. Once you get into this study, take some four bar phrases of mine out to study as I did in past lessons via Bird-ology.

Also start learning some heads on "Rhythm Changes" in other keys. Do not play in concert Bb all the time.

"Rhythm Changes" need to be fresh and open. Experiment! Try different feels, too. Try the [A] sections Latin, and the [B] sections Swing.

Keep your ears and minds open… Jazz is not a rote art form!

Till next time,
Tim Price


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Created: May 30, 2002
Update: October 26, 2004
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Tim Price is a Selmer Clinician, professional musician, jazz journalist and author. He teaches in New York City and Pennsylvania. Tim can be contacted for clinics, master classes, private teaching, gigs, and concerts by e-mail.

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