In A Mellow Tone Dominant Bebop Solo Lesson

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Taking an improvisational concept from the practice room to the gig is one of the hardest things to do.  We practice a scale or concept for hours and hours,  but then when we get on the gig or big concert, it all seems to fall apart.  In this video lesson,  I show you how to take the dominant bebop scale concept and use it in a real solo over “In a Mellow Tone” by Duke Ellington.  This is a great jazz standard to use to practice dominant bebop scales because 90% of the chords are dominant chords.  The goal of this solo was to use all of the bebop lines, links and resolution links that we have used in the “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Lesson Series 1-13”.  The solo is at an intermediate level and shows you how you can put together everything we are learning to create a very nice solo over a standard tune.

This 2 chorus written solo is just an example of how you can use the dominant bebop scale concept to create rich and lively jazz solos over standard tunes.  My goal in this lesson is not just to give you a cool solo to play but rather to show you how to  create and build your own solos from  the “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale” book yourself.  Writing and creating a solo is one of the best ways to test if you fully understand an improvisational concept.  As you work on this solo and listen to me teach on it, try to create one yourself and see what you can come up with!

This lesson comes with a PDF sheet of the solo in C,Bb and Eb.  I demonstrate it on the tenor saxophone with a florida link mouthpiece. (26 Minute Video Lesson)

2 reviews for In A Mellow Tone Dominant Bebop Solo Lesson

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    Ron Bull

    I have played this tune with the group at the restaurant. Having worked on the concepts presented in this lesson, I was able to (for the 1st time) actually sound like I new what I was doing.
    After I downloaded this lesson back in February, I immediately had a newly found appreciation for Steve’s book “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale”. Sure I had practiced the material in it, but it was not until I saw his written solo that I truly understood just what could be a reality for me if I kept working hard.

    Thanks Steve
    Ron Bull

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    Plurk (verified owner)

    This is really a great lesson to get the bebop scales to work.

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