I just finished a brand new Neffmusic book that I am very excited about. I’ve been working on this off and on over the last seven years and more intensely over the last eight months.
In the years following my release of “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale”, I decided that a “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2” also needed to be written. As I continued to study the solos of the bebop greats like Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Hank Mobley, Art Pepper, Phil Woods, Cannonball Adderley and many others, I noticed that there were a lot of elements and ideas being used outside of the bebop scale material in my first book.
My goal in writing this second book is to introduce you to some of these more advanced lines and ideas in a similar approach as my first book. These more advanced bebop “links” as I call them, create more complex lines that weave in and out of the tonality they are being used over and make the lines much more interesting.
The added benefit of learning these additional “links” is similar to learning words when studying a language. The more words you know and understand, the better you can communicate and the more ideas and thoughts you can convey to others. The same holds true for each of these musical “links”, the more you learn and master, the more interesting and varied your lines will be while improvising.
The book is divided up into twelve chapters, one for each key. The first half of every chapter includes 33 new bebop links that can be added one at a time to your jazz vocabulary. These are links that I have discovered since writing book one that I think add new and interesting sounds and textures to your jazz lines.
The second half of every chapter includes what I call “Substitution Links” as well as “Non-Chord Tone Links”. These are ideas and musical words that I picked out from the great jazz soloists listed above. They don’t fit easily into the existing bebop scale rules from book one but with a little effort and creativity, I have created some new rules for each “link” to help you add it to your existing lines.
Each “link” comes with multiple two bar and four bar lines that mix the varied “links” from book one with the new content from book two. Think of each new “link” as a new word that you are adding to your vocabulary. When you speak, you are usually not thinking of every word you are saying but rather pulling words from your existing vocabulary stored in your brain. The goal of this series of books is to help you get to the point where you can effortlessly use any of the musical vocabulary contained within in a multitude of ways to express yourself musically.
Although many of these lines were taken from the solos of great jazz players, these lines sound equally “great” over more modern and funky grooves. If you are soloing over a groove in a dominant or minor key these lines will surprise and even stun your listeners because of there awesomeness!
*Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2 is 288 pages long and comes with a 39 minute video lesson on the book. I talk about different insights I have had regarding the material in the book as well as some different approaches to practicing the material.
I hope you enjoy this book and that it does indeed take you one step closer to creating great lines like the bebop masters that came before us. -Steve Neff
Here are a few sample pages from the book for you to check out……….
Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2 Audio Sample Clip