What Do I Want To Achieve?

  • Incorporation of the use of the tritone pentatonic over a V chord and the II pentatonic over a I chord
  • Increased use of and control over vibrato
  • An increased range of articulations and inflexions (smears, falls etc)
  • Greater fluency when playing ‘outside’ the harmony, and the ability to resolve at will
  • The ability to anticipate or delay changes in the underlying harmony
  • An exploration of some of the methods Woody uses to play ‘outside’ the harmony – for example, side stepping up or down a semitone, or the use of pentatonic scales a major 3rd apart
  • The ability to be able to play accurately and with even articulation at very fast speeds
  • The ability to combine pentatonic ideas with bebop language and chromaticism
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