This week completes our look at core exercises which every jazz musician worth their weight needs to know. We already studied major modes, chord tones and extensions, and this week we complete the series with a look at chromatic exercises.
Chromaticism is important in every form of jazz but particularly in bebop. I like to think about bebop as the first form of “modern” jazz. Meaning that all music that came after it was very informed by the bebop style. These exercises will translate well to any tune you’re playing over but work particularly well over the fast paced chord changes that characterize bebop compositions.
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