Fareed Haque's Bebop Improvisation Survival Guide

Bird was jamming with guitarist Buddy Fleet in a NYC chili house between 139th and 140th street in December of 1939. That was the night bebop was born, or so the story goes. Bird said he was bored with the straightforward voicings and melodies that were typical in the swing music being played at the time. "I kept thinking there's bound to be something else. I could hear it sometimes but I couldn't play it." That night someone called Cherokee and Bird started playing off the higher intervals, Fleet picked right up on it and the rest is history.

Bebop re-invented popular swing-era tunes with hipper changes, sophisticated melodies and explosive improvisations. Crafting melodies and improvisations by arpeggiating changes that are rich with substitutions and extensions is key to the style. Whatever your preferred style; jazz, rock, pop and especially blues -- if you want to become a skilled improviser, then learning bebop is prerequisite to your success. Ready to start that journey? Put Fareed Haque's Bebop Improv Guide in your back pocket and get busy.

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box artGood news for you. Guitarists already have a bit of an edge when it comes to learning the style because it's arpeggio-based and those arpeggios lie right inside the moveable chords you likely already know. Once you know your 4-note arps, you only need to learn how to integrate three remaining notes in that chord's scale (with a dash of chromatics of course). So, guitarists get a head start.

In the first section of the Bebop Improv Survival Guide, Fareed presents the underlying architecture of bebop demonstrating how bebop lines are built from arpeggios and jazz chords, and also how to create bebop scales and connect them across changes. Fareed's insightful formulas for building ANY chord, ANY arpeggio and/or ANY scale, using the common major scale as the base reference is worth the price of admission alone.

In the second section, you can lay the axe down for a few as Fareed performs some examples to train your ear to recognize the bebop sound and distinguish between early swing-style bebop and the more advanced and sophisticated bebop that it evolved into.

Next up in the third section, a thorough examination of the chord types that comprise the bebop songbook and best practices for crafting the arpeggios and scales needed to play over them.

Grab the box for the fourth section as you work through a series of playalongs. It's here that your bebop prowess starts to take shape as you apply what you've learned over bebop chord changes. Finally in the fifth section, Fareed pulls back the curtain on chord substitution with his enlightening Four Principles of Chord Substitution -- mind-blowing stuff!

True to Fareed's inimitable educational approach, you will not be spending a lot of time studying theory or working through tedious exercises -- you'll be playing your way through the Bebop Improv Survival Guide and bopping with the best of them in no time at all. Long live bop!

P.S. Can't get Milestones out of your head? Check out Fareed Haque's Modal Jazz Survival Guide!

About Your Instructor

Fareed Haque

Fareed HaqueGuitar virtuoso and master educator Fareed Haque has worked with Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Ramsey Lewis, Nigel Kennedy, Bob James, David Sanborn, many symphony orchestras and dozens of other well-known artists. He's performed all of the major guitar concertos and has had numerous modern works dedicated to him. Fareed currently holds an associate professorship in jazz and classical guitar studies at Northern Illinois University, tours extensively with his jam super-group, Garaj Mahal and has released nine recordings as a leader in various configurations.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, plus...

  • - 191 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Notation
  • - Power Tab
  • - Guitar Pro
  • - Jam Tracks


Early Intermediate - Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. What is Bebop?
    - The Architecture of Bebop
    - Turn Major Scales Into Chords
    - Turning Chords Into Arpeggios
    - Turning Arpeggios Into Scales
  2. Bebop Playing Examples
    - Bossa Chords
    - Bossa Arpeggios
    - Building the Rhythm Track
    - Basic Bebop Soloing Example
    - Adv. Bebop Soloing Example
    - Bebop Playing Example
  3. Exploring Basic Bebop Style
    - Outlining Cmin7
    - Outlining Fmin7
    - Outlining D Half Dim
    - Outlining G7
    - Outlining Ebmin7
    - Outlining Ab7
    - Outlining Db Major 7
    - Exploring Basic Bebop Style
  4. Connect Chords: Basic Bebop
    - Cmin7 to Fmin7
    - D half dim to G7 to Cmin
    - Ebmin7 to Ab7 to Dbmaj7
    - D half dim to G7 to Cmin
    - Ebmin7 to Ab7 to Dbmaj7
    - Bossa Changes
    - Summary
  5. Connect Chords: Adv. Bebop
    - Principles of Chord Subs
    - Chord Substitution: 1
    - Chord Substitution: 2
    - Chord Substitution: 3
    - Chord Substitution: 4
    - Chord Substitution: 5
    - Principle 2 on Bossa Changes
    - Cmin7 to Fmin7 Playalong
    - D half dim to G7 to Cmin Playalong
    - Ebmin7 to Ab7 to Dbmaj7 Playalong
    - Bossa Changes Playalong
    - Bossa Performance
    - Bonus Bebop Outtake

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