Jazz Guitar: Introduction to Bird Blues (aka Charlie Parker Blues) – Nine Steps to Mastery

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Jazz Guitar: Introduction to Bird Blues – Nine Steps to Mastery

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http://www.jazzguitarlessons.net/introduction-to-bird-blues-for-jazz-guitar/

In this video we explore nine straightforward steps to mastering comping and improvisation on the bird blues progression.

This “bird blues” (aka parker blues, aka “New York Changes”, aka _______) was first recorded during the bebop era. Great examples of jazz tunes featuring bird blues progressions are

-Blues for Alice
-Chi Chi
-Freight Trane

In this video lesson, we’ll use (and abuse!) the Freight Trane song to demonstrate ways to tackle this challenging chord progression for jazz guitar improvisers.

2:25 Step 1 – Learn the Freight Trane melody (bebop head)
4:24 Step 2 – Comping with Basic CHORDS on the bird blues in Ab
5:45 Step 3 – Chords with top-string inversions (drop 2) and voice leading
8:10 Step 4 – Improvise on bird blues with JUST pentatonics
10:30 Step 5 – Use the last II-V-I cadence to “make the changes”
13:10 Step 6 – Target the IV chord with the Ab7alt hord
16:07 Step 7 – Go to the relative minor (Fm chord) with the C7b9 chord
19:19 Step 8 – Use the middle section: same line descending chromatic II-V’s

See the blog post here (includes PDF):
http://www.jazzguitarlessons.net/introduction-to-bird-blues-for-jazz-guitar/

Enjoy!

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