George goes into approach pattern 1, a three note melodic combination, which allows you to arrive at what is known as a “target note.” This is one of four classic patterns that have been part of the jazz vocabulary since the 1930s and can be heard in many of the famous jazz solos of the bop era and beyond. They are useful in improvising and help create tension and release when resolving to target notes.
- Let's discuss our next little piece of…melodic invention here.…These, they're called approach patterns.…They're very simple.…They're little three note combinations…that lead to a target note.…And there's four of them.…And we're going to look at the first one now,…which is kind of my favorite one.…And when you hear it,…you'll probably recognize it…if you listen to a lot of bebop,…you will probably recognize…this little piece of information…from a lot of great bebop solos.…
What it lets you do,…it's kind of like a pivot point, or a hinge maybe.…And it's real simple, it's just these three notes.…(piano)…The C being our target note, just for now to illustrate.…It's two notes from above, to one note from below.…And then you end up on the target note.…And for now, and in general,…the target note is a chord tone.…So what this lets you do,…one, two, three…(piano) (snapping)…You can hear that now you've got your chord tone on the beat…and you're ready to proceed with your scale,…or whatever comes next.…
So that's the first approach pattern.…
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