Questions tagged [bebop]

For questions related to the bebop genre of jazz that originated in the 1940s and is particularly associated with artists like Charlie Parker.

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Sax practice routine for jazz

Hi I've been playing tenor for around 6m now, former pianist to semi-pro standard so I have a strong ear and a decent idea of what I want from my sound. My current practice routine consists of: Long ...
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Jazz Style question [closed]

have some questions about Jazz and I'm a beginner. I watched this jazz performance from Joshua Redman and I'm not sure what type of jazz style it is. I want to say its bebop but I'm not too sure. I ...
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What is the underlying theory behind bebop enclosures?

I see a LOT of pages and books showing which enclosures work for certain chords and target notes, but I haven't seen many explain why a given enclosure works over some other arbitrary set of approach ...
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Jazz improvisation: what's going through your mind

I have been trying to improvise on bebop standards (on guitar) for almost 20 years now, and it still feels completely out of reach. Why is it so hard for me? Well, a typical standard has about 24 ...
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How to apply Barry Harris 6th diminished voicings and maintain chord functions?

The Barry Harris diminished 6th voicings are popular voicings in Jazz, often related to Bill Evans when using drop 2 's. In essence, these are harmonizations of the bebop scale using the I and V7b9 (...
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What are the quintessential characteristics of bebop?

What are the characteristics that make bebop, bebop? A well-written answer in my perspective includes but is not limited to the following (credit to @jdjazz for writing (a) through (e)) (a) the ...
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What did bebop masters practice?

Players such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, etc., invented the jazz genre of bebop. Today, I am told to be good at playing bebop you must listen to the best jazz players and ...
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Harmonization of bebop scale

When you harmonize a bebop scale, you get a succession of X6 and X° chords with tight voicings, which can be thought of as tiny I and V chord progressions. I've read that musicians with polyphonic ...
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How to find chords for a bebop line

I created this melody and want chords to go over the melody being a bass line or just chords.
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What is a bebop enclosure?

One of the cornerstones of the bebop style is the bebop enclosure. What is it? How is it used in improvisation? What effect does it have?
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What is Debussy's influence on bebop?

It has been said that Claude Debussy invented jazz harmonic theory. But is there any evidence that Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, the inventors of bebop, were aware of Debussy's harmonic ...
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What improvisational techniques were employed by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker that defined bebop?

I'm looking specifically for the principles of improvisation as demonstrated by Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, the fathers of bebop. I realize my opinion may be controversial but I see Dizzy ...