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Mastering The Dominant Bebop Scale (PDF Book)
Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale
The dominant bebop scale is an essential tool in playing jazz. It is used all over the place in jazz music. If you're transcribing jazz solos you won't have to go long before you find some variation of this scale being used. In my Approach Note Books I tackled Major and Minor tonalities pretty thouroughly. In this book I focus on the dominant tonality and what to play over it. The book starts out with the basic dominant bebop scale. the next section deals with what I call "Bebop Scale Links". These are small phrases or patterns that can be inserted into the bebop line to add variation. The next section deals with "Dominant Resolution Links". These can be added to the bebop scale when the dominant chord is resolving down a fifth. I have written out each of these sections in all 12 keys so that you have a handy reference if you want to quickly jump to a specific key. The last section of the book I write about how to use and practice these scales and links over a standard blues progression. I provide a 4 chorus blues solo to demonstrate. This book is a gol mine of bebop ideas and lines. It is filled with many musical gems that once mastered will add greatly to your jazz vocabulary. The cost for these patterns is $10.00. You can print this file and get to work immediately. Have fun. I hope you dig these as much as I have over the years. Thanks, Steve
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Reviewed by joey
October 04, 2012
I've been playin jazz guitar 30 years.. sax for almost 4.. this book has many of the type of lines I've known for years but even more and presented in such a way that makes me much better and gives me new ways to use the dominant bebop scale in every key.. I love the prep-lines and use them as starters in 16th notes and extend them through the 2nd octave and that launches me into spontaneous continuations.. and the links are a brilliant idea steve.. we experienced musicians can just fly with them and combine them spontaneously.. what inspirational material you've shard with us.. thank you! and please add more (like the new devasting series) to the blog page so we can snap them up!!
Reviewed by dryand
April 23, 2012
Reviewed by Jazz Bassist
March 02, 2010
This is a superb book which has aided my playing immensely.
another great book
Reviewed by anonymous
August 26, 2009
Just a quick shout to Steve Neff for another great book , this time on the dominant bebop scale. As usual it's explained in a very unintimidating way and includes some great linking and resolving phrases with it.
I have found these invaluable in giving me an insight into modern improvising.
Steve, I am a trauma surgeon with very limited time who is learning to play jazz guitar. I have purchased all of your books ( The Best II-V-I Patterns, Approach Note Velocity or Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale) and have found them invaluable in giving me an insight into modern improvising. The Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale is much clearer and user-friendly than the Baker books thtat I had been using (How to Pay Bebop). Instead of just a single riff, you provide building blocks that allow the student to really internalize the Bebop scales and actually make music with them. I am also using Approach Note Velocity in combination with the New York Guitar Method to master the use of chromatics in my playing. I have taken your advice and worked with the Aebersold Major & Minor CDs, and I beieve that the time I have invested in your method has paid off ten-fold. Like you, I have noticed that I am now "playing over the barline" and intuitively using polyrhythms in my playing. Thank you so much for taking the time to develop these books, and please let me know when you develop a new product!
Work with this book and you'll reap benefits in every area of your playing.
More experienced players will find that Steve's exercises "links" and "mixes" are great preparation for tackling the solos of the masters. Shedding this stuff will pay off big time when you surprise yourself on the bandstand playing authentic flowing bebop lines. There's something here for every level of player. Whether you're a beginner wanting a musical way to get familiar with the horn, or an intermediate player looking to move beyond blues scales, work with this book and you'll reap benefits in every area of your playing.
As a jazz sax teacher, I use all of Steve Neff's Books.
As a jazz sax teacher, I use all of Steve Neff's Books. My students all want to cop jazz and swing feel, so often I play Steve's MP3 examples for them with confidence. Mr. Neff swings with the best of them. His sound is awesome and his ideas are easy to grasp. The key is daily practice. The books are just guides lines. I favor Steve Neff's books and any good Transcription in teaching jazz at all ages.
I would highly recommend this book for the serious student of the jazz standard tunes.
As I’ve been playing jazz on the alto sax since 1981 and I have continually come up against the same question of what to play over a Dominant 7th chord. That question remained until I came across Steve’s book Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale. I immediately started to benefit even after a few days of studying the opening pages. I have continued with my study of this book and the difference is truly remarkable; I am never lost for an idea of what to play when I’m on the Dominant 7th chord of any tune now. I would highly recommend this book for the serious student of the jazz standard tunes.
It has improved my playing.
I bought Steve's V7 book and took a couple of on lines lesson from him. I really appreciated Steve's careful listening of what I wanted to get done in a lesson and his clear, concise ideas on next steps to improve my playing and musical interpretation. His mastering the Dominant Be Bop Scale has lots of exercises to use a scale that addresses the largest percentage of chords I come across in pop/blues music. The dominant V7. Needless say it has improved my playing. I teach and also have recorded lots of on line lessons and Steve's explaining style and demonstrating ability is top notch. I wish he was close enough for direct lessons. I plan to use him in the future. Thanks Steve
These really work!
I have been using Steve's II-V-I patterns, Approach Note Velocity, and
Bless you for your dedication to your great learning resource,
hi steve, i purchased and have been practicing your invaluable bebop scale exercises for about 3 months now. i find that the "starter exercises" are superb just as workouts and i have gained an amazing amount of dexterity and evenness practicing them in all the keys-- more so than regular scales i've practiced in the past. i usually practice accompanied with Aebersold's Major or Dom 7th play-a-long books. i can't wait to plunge into the next sections. Bless you for your dedication to your great learning resource. sincerely, junior
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