Michael Brecker II+ V7 I LICK LINE SIDE STEPPING/TARGET TONES

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

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In the first part of this line we see target tones and side stepping two classic characteristics of Michael Brecker’s jazz sax style.

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

In the next two bars notice the “Chromatic” movement:

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

Michael Brecker “LICK/LINE” in Full:

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Michael Brecker Jazz Sax II+ V7 I lick for Guitar [Improvising] Side Stepping/Target Tones

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How Cory Henry uses the diminished scale for jazz/fusion improvisation

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Today we have a quick look at how Cory Henry employs the diminished scale to good effect for an original and unique sound.

Firstly we will take the whole step half step diminished scale starting on the note C

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Whole step half step diminished scale starting on the note C

From this scale there are 4 “Dominant” Chords that move in minor 3rds:

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4 Dominant Chords of the Diminished Scale

These could also be Dom7#9

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4 Dom7#9 chords from diminished scale

These could also be Dom7[#9]b5 Chords

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Dom7[#9]b5 -Chords-diminished-scale

Each of these chords can also be a, minor 7th, minor7b5 and a diminished 7th chord/arpeggio

Example for the chord D:

D Dominant 7th

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D7 Dominant Arpeggio in the diminished scale

D minor 7th

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D minor 7th arpeggio in the diminished scale

D minor7b5

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D minor7b5 arpeggio in the diminished scale

D diminished 7th arpeggio

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D diminished 7th arpeggio in the diminished scale

All 4 of the above arpeggios/patterns apply to F Ab and B also.

Remember that these Major chords can now also become minor as in the example below:

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Major becomes minor with the diminished scale

Okay, here is the key to Cory Henry’s improvisational approach!

He employs inversion of the “Triads” of these 4 Dominant chords in Major, minor, minor7b5 and diminished 7ths.

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“Triads” of 4 Dominant of the diminished scale in Major, minor, minor7b5 and diminished 7ths and inversions

He exploits this further by employing a “Slash” chord style harmonic approach:

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“Slash chord” Cory Henry diminished scale improvising approach

Another concept with which to stretch the harmony is to join the triads together over a dominant chord: [Maj, min, min7b5, dim]

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Cory Henry style Joining “Triads ” of the diminished scale for Dominant improvisation

Here is a harmonisation of the diminished scale: Notice that the diminished scale is present in all 4 lines: Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass

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Cory Henry diminished scale harmonised with the scale in all Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Bass

Lastly, a nice little sequence:

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Cory Henry Diminished scale chord sequence

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MICHAEL BRECKER JAZZ IMPROVISATION Lick Quick Analysis

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CHROMATICS AND CELL [TETRACHORD] REPLICATION 

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In this example can see how Michael Brecker weaves in and out of the harmony with a replicated cell that descends in minor 3rds.

4 note  cell

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2 cells descending in minor 3rds replicated

replicated cells in minor 3rds for jazz improvisation

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.

Michael brecker  jazz improvisation part 2 replicated cells

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