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Backward Chromatic Targeting (Part 4) – Bebop Solo on Cherokee

Hey there! Here is the final part of this lesson. I made a little solo over Cherokee to demonstrate how backward chromatic targeting can be applied in soloing. I chose a bebop setting because it really shine in this kind of soloing but this can be applied in every style as long as there is jazz phrasing involved. I have tried to keep a balance in the solo between what I would normally do and demonstrating this idea so there isn’t ‘backward chromatic targeting’ every bars. There is also other targeting patterns in the solo; note targeting is one of the most important concept of jazz phrasing so you should not limit yourself to one kind of pattern, you should experiment and use every targeting ideas that fit your style.

So let’s do a quick overview of how I am using ‘backward chromatic targeting’ patterns in this solo:

  • Shift position : Being prisoner of a position is not what you want when soloing. Using those patterns will help you connect positions smoothly, it will give an horizontal dimension to your solos and it will help keep the melody fresh and surprising since we tend to play differently in different positions.
  • Connecting chords : Using targeting melodic devices is a very effective way to connect chords together and since we aren’t equally comfortable in every positions, it can be used to shift to a position that is more natural to you for the next chord.
  • Starting Phrases : These Patterns are working very well as ‘pick ups’
  • Ending phrases : They are also working very well to end phrases



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