Most jazz improvisation teachers will teach on 4 note groupings at one point or another. I had a few teachers as I was growing up that taught me this way. I remember studying out of “Patterns for Jazz” when I was a kid and working on 4 note groupings in every key. I also studied it with the great jazz improvisation teacher Jerry Bergonzi as well as learning about them at Berklee.
To be honest, every time I studied this method when I was younger, I hated it. It was not until years later, as I look back, that I realize the great benefit that these studies had for me. In this video series, I will try to teach you this concept in a way that is appealing and understandable.
In this second lesson on 4 note grouping, I focus on taking simple 4 note groupings from lesson 1 and teach you how to work on them. I show you how to learn them in all 12 keys as well as how to start applying them to the tunes you know. I demonstrate on a couple blues progressions and Giant Steps.
This is the second lesson in a series of lessons on this topic. As we move through the series you will discover how to use these 4 note groupings as melodic material to use in your improvised solos. This is a great lesson to learn about all the possibilities that a simple four notes can give you. (32 Minute Video Lesson)