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Guide Tone Lines: Soloing on a "Bird" Blues

April 25, 2010 Monday
Steve Herberman
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Guide Tones lines can be the missing link for many improvisers when soloing over chord changes. Knowing the chord tones of each chord and their possible chord scales are only part of the equation. Using the Charlie Parker tune “Blues For Alice” we'll explore the many benefits achieved from the study and practice of guide tone lines for both soloing and comping.


This in-depth class comes with 12 pages of material written in standard notation that accompany the 90 minute video. Each guide tone line (both ascending and descending) is followed by notated solo choruses and/or excerpts that illustrate each line. Various lines are mixed together to create endless possibilities outlining several approaches: Voice-leading triads and 7th chords and upper chordal extensions and voice-leading intervals through a progression.


Other highlights of the class include:

Rhythmic approaches to soloing with guide tones

Bebop phrasing

Guide tone lines on turnarounds

Mixing common tones with guide tone lines

Balancing phrases off one another

The use of sequences and repetition


If you've wanted your solo phrases to have a more logical flow then manipulating the guide tone lines can give you that needed structure. Solo lines become more sound benefitting from an important compositional approach used by the great composers and songwriters. Good line architecture can greatly strengthen one's soloing abilities. This class offers an enjoyable look at guide tone lines focused on an interesting variation of the 12 bar blues.


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Average customer rating:
5 stars Total votes: 2

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Customer Reviews:

CHRIS  (Sunday, 24 April 2011)
Rating: 5
The guide tone lesson from Mr. Herberman is a very important lesson for anyone who wants to learn how to make the changes to any song structure.
It's the way all the be-bop masters were making the changes and sounded good. All this little melodies and motifs they used are included.
The level is refered to the intermediate to advanced students, but is the essence of making the changes.
I recomend it to any serious student.
Thanks Steve.
Chris Kasiolas

Richard Laplante  (Monday, 10 May 2010)
Rating: 4
I have only worked with the video and materials for about an hour, but it is well worth the price and the effort to study.

The video itself, at least the portion that I have seen/heard is clear, easy to follow and very much on point (Steve identifies the written material section that he is explaining and demonstrating). All in all, this is high quality.

The material itself is right on point. That is, the lines that he uses to demonstrate are very much in the groove that Charlie Parker played (listen to Parker then listen to Steve - it's right in there). I'm looking forward to much more of this.

Rich L.


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