Hi Jazz Folk:
Did you know that memes exist in music? Here's a brief definition of 'meme' to get us started: "an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation."
Check out this article about one of the most-used "licks" (melodic fragments) imitated over and over in popular and jazz music. It is so common, that it has become known as "THE LICK." Jazz blogger Camden Hughes was even kind enough to transpose the lick into all twelve keys! Click here for the ARTICLE LINK
The popularity of "The Lick" is really getting out of hand, some might say...The Lick has it's very own Facebook page, and You can even purchase T-shirts!
See if you can play through "The Lick" in all twelve keys... even create some variations on the "lick" by adding a pick-up note, altering the rhythm, or by filling in any leaps... happy practicing!
Hi Jazz folks,
Read the following article regarding Pentatonic scales. This will provide a foundation for further study on Jazz improvisation. We will apply this knowledge to Blues in the near future.
You may choose to read the article in one sitting, or divide and conquer this week:
For Tuesday: Read the beginning, up to and including the Bobby McFerrin video.
For Wednesday: Read from "So Why Does the Pentatonic Scale Sound Good?" until "Where Does the Pentatonic Scale Come From?"
For Thursday: Read "Who Uses Pentatonic Scales Now?" to "The Pentatonic Scale on Piano."
For Friday: Read "Hearing Pentatonic Scales" through to the end of the article.
Be ready to spell out pentatonic scales in all 12 Major keys for your instrument.
Remember: Every major pentatonic scale can be "re-spelled" as a minor pentatonic scale!
Example: C D E G A (major) could be rearranged as the relative minor-- A C D E G...
Have a great week!