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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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parker blues

Parker Blues

Some common Parker tunes and other Jazz Blues songs

will cover a number of tunes
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 1st 3 are in the key of F. Get used to it.
chord changes
Chord changes
  • You will need to know the following chords:
    • F, F7, F9, Gm7, Am7, Bb7, Bdim7, C7, Cm7, Dm7, D7, Em7.
    • Looks worse than it is.
easiest is now s the time
Easiest is Now’s The Time
  • Has a repeated melodic figure that makes it easy.
  • Then a descending Line.
  • A little hook at the end.
  • Timing can be an issue – we will work on that.
slide5

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

slide7

Back to repeated idea.

2nd line ½’s ½ of each measure is the same.

2nd ½ will start a descending line. See arrows.

slide8

1 (&2) 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 3 4

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.

billies bounce
Billies Bounce.
  • One of the most famous of Parker’s tunes.
  • Not easy to play but you should all be able to master it.
  • Chords on the next page.
slide10

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.

slide13

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.

next slides take billie s bounce one part at a time
Next slides take Billie’s Bounce one part at a time.
  • Learn each one before moving on.
  • Most of this is in 9th position.
slide15

First measure. Note the Chord voicing!

4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 (&

Fingering 2 1 2 2 1 hammer 2 2 4 2

slide16

Here move up to 10th position

(& ! ) & 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.

slide19

1 (& 2 ) 3 & 4 ( & 1) & 2 3 4 (&

(13)

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.

slide22

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.

slide23

1 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 2 (& 3) & 4

10th position for these measures. Use index on the 8th fret – slight stretch.

straight no chaser
Straight No Chaser
  • Monk tune
  • Easy looking at first but time makes it a bit challenging.
  • Ideas can be used elsewhere.
  • One of my favorite tunes.
  • Chords like last 2 songs.
slide27

From the Real Book.

This is the jazz music Bible. There are a number of Volumes but this is in Vol. #1. Which is the most used.

slide29

Do entire piece in 10th position

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!

slide30

2nd lick

& 1 & 2 (& 3 ) & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4

Notice the playing with time on all of these! Again cool!

slide32

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!

slide33

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 (& 3 4 ) (12 34 )

one for you on your own
One for you on your own
  • Au Privare is another 12 bar blues in F.
  • Not all that difficult but has some great lines in it.
  • The chord changes are more modern than the others we have looked at. But very doable. Gives a good movement and bridges traditional bebop with blues bebop.
  • Harmony is more advanced. Lots of II V’s in this. Note the Bb7 then next measure is Bbm7 to Eb7 back to the F. This is really a nice voice leading tool. This change really adds interest to the tune and hides a bit of the 12 bar blues.
slide38

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.

slide39

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.

slide40

All previous comments apply. I do put the C7 in at the end. The end is a turnaround of I VI7 II V.

C7

blue monk
Blue Monk
  • Another Monk Tune.
  • Melody is usually harmonized in 10th’s.
  • Has a New Orleans funeral march feel.
  • Great set of changes to give you a different blues feel than the previous tunes.
  • This is played rather slow – like a balled.
  • I wrote the whole harmony out.
  • Very good to split the parts. One player plays the top line and the other player the bottom line.
  • Then try as a solo piece – not easy.
slide45

Counting on this is easy.

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)

slide46

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!!!

slide47

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.

a minor blues
A Minor Blues
  • Song by John Coltrane
  • One of the easier tunes.
  • Huge swing.
slide52

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)

slide53

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).

slide55
Solo
  • For this 2 main scales to use the C Dorian Mode and the C blues scale.
  • Make use of chord tones for the solo!
modern minor jazz blues
Modern Minor Jazz Blues
  • Birk’s Works
  • My favorite recording of this was Kenny Burrels.
slide59

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.

slide61

(1 2 3) & 4 (& 1) (&2) 3 & 4 (& 1 )(&2)

Do as a quick

hammer pull

slide64
Solo
  • Here lots of stuff works but start with the blues scales.
  • Must watch out and change when the Abm7 and Db9 appear. Use Ab blues or arpeggiate the chords.