A variety of jazz/blues bebop comping and soloing styles
Review by Dr. Matt Warnock, former student & reviewer "Severson’s teaching approach is informative and comprehensive. Never going over the viewer’s head, he prefers to use theory to explain why a certain chord or phrase sounded good, not as a teaching tool unto itself. For those readers who shy away from learning jazz because it comes off as being all theory and no fun, this video series aims to change all of that. Each example is performed first, with the theory and fingerings etc. explained later. By presenting the material in this fashion, Severson has ensured that anyone, regardless of their theoretical background, can learn to play bebop jazz chords, without an abundance of theory getting in the way of enjoying these great études." mattwarnockguitar.com
Bb Bebop Blues Solo Builder Lessons An introductory series of six original bebop solos, simpler yet great sounding with Rich's insights on the construction of these solos. Each lesson includes close-up video demonstrated by measure then rehearsed by section with PDF file of each solo transcribed in both tab and notation. The practice tracks for the bebop blues solos are suitable for these lessons also. Also available on DVD
Bb Bebop Blues Comping Lessons The Bebop Blues Comping Series is essential for the aspiring guitarist. It's a great place to start jazz comping. Understand how a blues chord progression is played differently in the R&B rock n' roll style as opposed to the bebop jazz style. Learn to play chords and bass line at the same time and create melody within your comping. Each lesson includes a video and a PDF file of music written in both tab and notation. Practice tracks are also available in this series as an MP3 download. Also available on DVD
Bb Bebop Blues Soloing Lessons These lessons with Rich Severson will help you develop great jazz lines by mastering these nine original bebop blues style solos. Each one uses a different interpretation, all reminiscent of Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and JoePass styles. The solo is broken down and rehearsed with you lick by lick in slow motion. Each lesson includes video demonstration with PDF file of the solo transcribed in both tab and notation. Also available, Bebop Blues practice tracks. The download includes a three minute practice track in three different tempos,100bpm, 126bpm and 168bpm. Also available on DVD
What is Bebop? See description at the bottom of this page.
STUDENT COMMENT The Bebop Blues 1-6 lessons are very cool. I've worked on 1, 2 and 5 so far. Each lesson only $1.99 !!!... these lessons are worth 50 times what I paid. The description of the chord substitutions was very helpful. The lessons are delivered in such a way that it was easy for me to make my own chord diagrams for the unfamiliar passages. I think listening to the track over and over and putting to memory is the way to go. Getting the feel seems important to me. That can't always be conveyed via sheet music as we know. Good job. Cheers. Jim Rolfe on October 9, 2008
WIKIPEDIA DESCRIPTION OF BEBOP or BOP, a style of jazz characterized by a fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and sometimes references to the melody. It was developed in the early and mid-1940s. It first surfaced in musicians' argot some time during the first two years of American involvement in the Second World War. This style of jazz ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz, as either category reached a certain final maturity in the 1960s.