Parker Blues. Some common Parker tunes and other Jazz Blues songs. Will cover a number of tunes. Now’s The Time Billies Bounce Au Privare Straight No Chaser (Monk Tune) Blue Monk Mr. PC Birk’s Works All three of the 1 st 3 are in the key of F. Get used to it. Chord changes.
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Some common Parker tunes and other Jazz Blues songs
This whole piece is in 8th position. This is the opening riff and is very easy and is repeated throughout this song. Make sure you can play this. Note timing below the notes.
Count 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 4 &
silent on 4
2 times! (The B7 is optional)
2nd line ½’s ½ of each measure is the same.
2nd ½ will start a descending line. See arrows.
Starts with same 5 note pattern then does a turn towards the end. First pattern in 2nd bar should be to hammer pull. The 2 notes on the 7th fret should be played with a stretched index finger.
The last phrase is just an answer. Note the timing that it comes in on the and after 1 and then is almost an inverted rhythmic figure from the start of the tune.
Here is Billie’s Bounce from the Real Book Vol 2. We will do only the melody which is up to the repeat. For extra credit try to tab out and learn the solo. It isn’t all that difficult but will take some significant time.
Here is the goal! In a couple of weeks you should all be able to play the notes and the chords to this.
Note that the tempo is very fast. Goal is to be able to play it at ½ speed by the end of the term.
4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 (&
Fingering 2 1 2 2 1 hammer 2 2 4 2
(& ! ) & 2 3 (& 4 ) & 1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1 3 1 etc.
Look at the setup on this line.
Next slide has the 1st 3 measures.
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 & 3 & 4 &
1 (& 2 ) 3 & 4 ( & 1) & 2 3 4 (&
Some fingering options. Could be done in 11th position and then play the C that is written on the 1st string 8th fret on the 2nd string 13th fret, or stretch your hand to the 8th fret and play the line in 10th position.
1 ) 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 & 3 & a 4 &
Start in 9th position. (Stretch to 8th fret)
Move up to 12th position.
Play 11th fret with index stretched.
10th position for these measures. Use index on the 8th fret – slight stretch.
1 (& 2 ) & 3 4 &
This is the jazz music Bible. There are a number of Volumes but this is in Vol. #1. Which is the most used.
1 2 3 4 & 1 & 2 (& 3) & 4 & 1 & 2 (& 3 4)
Look how the repeated line starts on an entirely different beat – then the end of the phrase – so cool!
& 1 & 2 (& 3 ) & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4
Notice the playing with time on all of these! Again cool!
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 ( & 1 2 3 4 )
1 & 2 & 3 (& 4) & 1 & 2 (& 3 ) & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
For this section just watch the timing as it seems to turn on you. The held note in the first measure is on the and after 3 and in the next measure it is on the and after 2. The last measure is all 1/8th notes so that should be easy from a timing standpoint!
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 (& 3 4 ) (12 34 )
First line. Take it one phrase at a time. A little bit of a tongue twister at first.
The progression here is interesting the Gm7 to C7 is like a IV substitute. Leads nicely back to F – very common in Bebop.
I really like the last measure in this line. You ½ barre and flatten the 3rd finger then the index finger.
2nd line. Tricky part here is the timing. Listen to it and try to feel it along with counting it. First measure particularly is a bit difficult to master the timing. Just take really slowly.
By this point it is pretty easy. Plays well on the guitar.
All previous comments apply. I do put the C7 in at the end. The end is a turnaround of I VI7 II V.
Line starts totally chromatic then in the 3rd measure goes scale wise other than the one skip.
Feel is everything on this!
Count 1 & 2 (&34) 1 & 2 (&34) 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 (& 1 ) (&2) (& 34)
Very similar to the 1st line until the last beat of the last measure on this page. The melody just moves up a 4th.
The last beat is a triplet – play very deliberate and separate each of the notes!!!
Last line. Same figure as before. Interesting part is that the melody is the same for both the F7 and the Bb but starts on different beats. The F7 at the end is not played the very last time through the song. Song must end on Bb.
Totally based on the C Dorian Mode. Goes up the scale then comes down. Make the 3rd measure really accented. Watch counting on 2nd & 3rd measure, first is all 1/8th notes.
(12) & 3 (&4) & (12) (34) (& 1 2) (34)
This is just up a 4th. Still same scale, same idea and same counting. 3rd measure is the same as 3rd in 1st section. Last measure 1/8th notes come in on beat 3.
Last measure adds in the b5 note (outside the C Dorian Mode but in the blues scale).
1 (2 3 4 ) & 1 (&2) & 3 4
Do totally in 6th position. Timing is easy. Will write chords on the board.
& 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 & 3 & 4 & all 1/8ths.
Do as a quick