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” 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
1st Grouping of 4 notes [Tetrachord]=E flat Pentatonic shapE [F Mixolydian]
2nd Tetrachord=A flat Minor triad and 4th interval [or #11 #9 and #5] THE
3rd Tetrachord=Minor scale fragment with #11 added
4th Tetrachord=Changing cell. [From flat 9 to C melodic minor]
5th Tetrachord=C Lydian [Major].
6th Tetrachord =D major Pentatonic shape [ C LYDIAN leaning AGAIN]
7th Tetrachord=C minor arpeggio and 4th TO F TONIC NOTE
8th Tetrachord=F MAJOR SCALE FRAGMENT
9th Tetrachord=F LYDIAN [FLAT 7]
10th Tetrachord = VERY OUTSIDE. F SHARP 9
Lastly= Flat 6 for C minor
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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MICHAEL BRECKER #2
CHROMATICS AND CELL [TETRACHORD] REPLICATION