Vol. 3 Blues For Alice (Birds)
Blues For Alice, a Charlie Parker original and jazz standard from 1951
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Lesson solo over chord progression to: Blues For Alice
- Printable PDF of lesson solo over chord progression to Blues For Alice, in notation & tablature
- MIDI & MP3 files of single note solo & rhythm section
DVD Running Time: 1 Hour
Conti plays a pro level (more challenging than the Ticket To Improv series) solo over the chord changes to an in-demand jazz tune. Then, in his straight-forward approach, he teaches you to duplicate the entire solo, close-up, measure-by-measure, note-by-note. As documented by scores students in written testimonials, and their performance videos, you learn to play jazz, by playing jazz, not talking about modes or scales.
You must get the idea out of your head that you’re “just learning someone else’s solo.” When a child learns to speak, he/she emulates words that they have heard before. No one says to the child, “you’re just learning someone else’s words.” The child learns a word, then another word. The pattern continues until the child can speak in complete sentences (and without knowing the “theory” behind language.) As you develop your jazz vocabulary, you’ll soon reshape the ideas for applications over other tunes. These DVDs are for you if you’ve got serious chops, but don’t know what to do with them. If you practice modes and scales all the time, that’s what your solos will sound like – boring and uninteresting to say the least. Learn hip jazz lines, and have lots of fun doing it.
WOW!!!!!!! Robert Conti's “Jazz Master” was the first TrueFire course that I bought and I’m still learning from it. The Robert Conti lessons are laid out well with deep dives into “Bossa Nova”, “Bebop Solo”, and “Blues Solo”, into manageable bites that are not overwhelming. “Moon River”, “Rainy Day”, “Your Life”, “Wine Roses”, and “Yesterday” are taught by Brad Carlton in great detail. With almost 6 hours of lessons, there is a lot here; I’ve been though it more than once and am still learning.
Hi Robert and Team,A while back, I ordered and received your; “Ticket to Improv”, Big City Blues”, and “The Formula”…All three are fantastic! After starting to use all three products, I am especially pleased with the abundance of “musical meat”, versus the traditional scale/chord rehash that is present on many other competing products. In addition, your teaching approach on the video really clarifies any difficult note transitions.I also recently contacted you about obtaining the corresponding backing tracks on CD, since I do not have MIDI capability, and you promptly sent them to me free of charge. I have really enjoyed doing business with you, I can't say enough good things your product selection, and I look forward to placing another order soon.All the best,G. PrimianoAtlanta, Georgia
I ordered and received 5 volumes of the improvisation DVDs. I've completed the solo for Big City Blues v.3 and now I begin The Smoking Lineman v.2 The great service of your approach overcomes two major obstacles: guitar instructor's fetish for theory and scales; and selfishness/guardedness of musicians (often in the past I'll ask a jazz guitarist show me how you played that) and I'll get evasive answers like you have to practice or I can't remember what I did or they will show you a fast tempo thereby making it difficult to see what was happening. Besides overcoming these obstacles, I appreciate your approach of not trying to reach perfection but playing the lines loosely and creatively. I also received a complimentary copy of your latest CD with my order. I wish to thank you for that as well. I do intend to eventually order all the volumes and I look forward to future new volumes. Russell
Bob, just have to drop a line to you, as a long time student. I always know where to go to get new inspiration, I've digesting your blues lessons and the licks are awesome, not just for blues, but for any style of improvization you might be learning. didn't someone say you'll never really be able to play jazz unless you can play the blues. If they didn't, somebody should have. By the way looking forward to reading about you in the upcoming issue of vintage guitar.