Michael Brecker “Outside” Jazz/Fusion playing 4 note Cells/Tetrachords

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When looking at musical notation it can seem like random notes. But if we break down each group into 4 note groupings called “Tetrachords” or “CELLS” we can break down the music theory and play each group on our instrument.

We can then remember the “Sound and Shape” of each cell and then join them together. In turn we can then apply these cells to our own instrumental playing/improvisations.

[For the advanced improviser you could break this into “Hexachords”, but for this lesson we will apply 4 note cells].

FULL SOLO LINE/PHRASE

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

1st Grouping of 4 notes [Tetrachord]=E flat Pentatonic shapE [F Mixolydian]

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

2nd Tetrachord=A flat Minor triad and 4th interval [or #11  #9 and #5] THE

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

3rd Tetrachord=Minor scale fragment with #11 added

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

4th Tetrachord=Changing cell. [From flat 9 to C melodic minor]

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

5th Tetrachord=C Lydian [Major].

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

6th Tetrachord =D major Pentatonic shape [ C LYDIAN leaning AGAIN]

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

7th Tetrachord=C minor arpeggio and 4th TO F TONIC NOTE

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

8th Tetrachord=F MAJOR SCALE FRAGMENT

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

9th Tetrachord=F LYDIAN [FLAT 7]

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

10th Tetrachord = VERY OUTSIDE. F SHARP 9

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

Lastly= Flat 6 for C minor

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CONCLUSION:

In terms of fingering and musical application on our instruments learning shapes and “Connections” and breaking phrases down into 4 note cells [Tetrachords] is really useful because complex lines can be understood and learnt quickly.

In turn this gives us lots of patterns for improvisation and theoretical knowledge to improvise with as opposed to just playing scales and arpeggios.

If you found this easy then try and break this solo down into“Hexatonic” scale application. You might find it really interesting!

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CHROMATICS AND CELL [TETRACHORD] REPLICATION 

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

Played 8va

To begin with we have a bit of standard Be Bop chromaticism

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Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

BUT!

If we look further we can see that we have an exact replicated cell that descends in minor 3rds weaving in and out of the harmony.

4 note  cell

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Replicated Cells, Tetrachords, Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

2 four note cells descending in minor 3rds replicated

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Replicated Cells, Tetrachords, Michael Brecker Outside Playing Chromatic Jazz Breakdown Lesson/Example

We can now look at the whole line and see and hear where the descending replicated cells in minor 3rds start and how they serve their purpose.

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