Cherokee Bebop Scale Workout-Lesson 1

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Cherokee Bebop Scale Workout-Lesson 1 is an introduction lesson on taking the bebop scale concept and applying it to an actual jazz standard. Cherokee can be a hard tune to improvise to at a fast tempo but if you master the bebop scales involved along with the bebop links and bebop resolutions you will have enough material to fly over these changes even at 300 bpm.

I teach you what bebop scales to use over the entire tune and then show you a number of practice techniques to really master the tune as well as the bebop scales involved. If you follow these techniques and practice hard you will find that playing these scales will become almost effortless. At that point, we can then introduce the elements that make these scales so much hipper sounding, bebop links and resolution links.

I have included a PDF and 3 play alongs of Cherokee at increasing speeds to practice to. (130, 160 and 190 bpm.) I demonstrate all the scales and practice techniques on the alto saxophone but these concepts can be applied to all instruments. (34 Minute Video Lesson, PDF in Bb, Eb and C, 3 12 minute Organ Trio play alongs at 130,160 and 190 bpm)

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1 review for Cherokee Bebop Scale Workout-Lesson 1

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    Javier (verified owner)

    Nothing about bebop scales on the lesson or application to the tune.
    Just simplified chord progressions on Cherokee, substitutions of the II-7 as V7.
    Plain Major and dominant scales through the progression.
    Another minutes about How to remember the bridge (!). It seem he had some trouble to remember them.
    And as a bonus the Pentatonic scale (1-2-3-4-5) for both major and dominant chords.
    If someone is interested, the bebop Major (1-2-3-4-5-b6-7) and dominant (1-2-3-4-5-6-b7-7) are not mentioned on the video, but he plays some of them at the end improvising over the original changes not substituted.
    Just a joke.

    Response from Steve:

    Hi Javier,
    Thanks for the review. I am confused by your impressions though. The whole lesson is about the bebop scales and how to apply them to Cherokee. The chord sheet PDF is a breakdown of the tonal centers and bebop scales to use. Simplifying the chord progression is how you think of the bebop scales and that is why I include it. Every scale I play during the lesson starting at around the 7:00 minute mark is a bebop scale. I say “major” but that means “major bebop” if I say “dominant” I mean “dominant bebop”. I run through all the scales for the whole tune. I then demonstrate using the bebop scales in 5 note groupings as a practice method and demonstrate that through the tune. It is a great way to practice the bebop scales. I never mention nor play the pentatonic scales anywhere in the video.

    You spell out the bebop scales in your review above which is great as the lesson is geared to those who have practiced them and know them already. It is more an introductory lesson on applying these scales to a tune. If you have worked on these then listen back to the lesson and see if you can hear me playing them in the examples. They sound different than major and dominant scales but it is only one note added so might take some attentive listening to catch.

    You mention “substitutions” a number of times in the review. This is not a lesson on “substitutions”. Thinking G7 over an entire D-7 G7 progression is not so much a substitution but just a way to think while using the G7 bebop scale over the ii-7 V7 progression. In general, substitution aren’t used too often in regard to bebop scales. The whole point of the bebop scale is to play fast lines where the downbeats end up being the chord tones.

    Lastly, I ran through the bridge and how to think about it because most people are not used to thinking about those multiple II-V-I progressions while just thinking about the V7 chord over the whole ii-7 measures. I was giving an easier way to think about it that I thought might be helpful. I might very well have made a mistake or paused while talking about the chords. I do that more on alto sax because I play tenor sax like 99% of the time and sometimes I revert to thinking of tunes in Bb and sometimes in C. This lesson was in Eb for alto. I usually catch myself which I believe is what I did in this video.

    Regardless of all this, I appreciate the time to write the review and hope this response might shed some light on some of the issues you have with this lesson. This is my first bad review in 11 years but I knew one would come at some point. I believe this is a good lesson and teaches what was the goal of the lesson. Never-the-less, I sent you a refund of your purchase price. Steve

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