“Outside” Jazz improvising Analysis of Brecker!

 

Breaking down Michael Brecker!

When looking at musical notation it can seem like random notes. But if we break down each group into 4 note groupings called “Tetrachords” 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.

FULL SOLO LINE/PHRASE

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

1st Grouping of 4 notes [Tetrachord]=E flat Pentatonic shape/sound [Mixolydian]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

2nd Tetrachord=A flat Minor triad and 4th interval [or #11  #9 and #5] [SAME AS 7TH TETRACHORD]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

3rd Tetrachord=Minor scale fragment [#11 Lydian]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

4th Tetrachord=Changing cell. [From flat 9 to C Jazz melodic minor] [SAME AS 9TH TETRACHORD]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

5th Tetrachord=Very “Outside” D major pentatonic/4ths

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

6th Tetrachord =D major Pentatonic sound/shape [very “Out”]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

7th Tetrachord=C minor arpeggio and 4th

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

8th Tetrachord=B flat major Pentatonic sound/shape

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

9th Tetrachord=C Melodic “Jazz” minor [Augmented] sound/shape [same as 4th Tetrachord]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

10th Tetrachord = Perfect 4th and major 3rd creating triad pairs sound/shape [or E flat minor 11 implication or G FLAT/a flat]

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

Lastly= Flat 6 for C minor

Jazz improvisation Michael Brecker Lesson

FULL LENGTH “INDEPTH” VIDEO BELOW:

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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