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Understanding Forward Motion | Hal Galper

Sep 14, yal. Adding Additional Half-steps To a Scale Examination of common usage reveals that half-steps are often added not only between the whole tone interval between flat 7th and 1 of a 7th chord and the 5th and 6th of a major or minor 6th chord but any other whole-step interval in a scale as well.

If you don’t understand falper rhythm you don’t understand the music. Harmonic FM will be discussed in greater detail in Chapter 7.

Most beginning improvisers attempt to get this hop in an artificial manner, through articulation, by either playing their eight notes: They are beamed to create the visual illusion of a long melodic line.

This is an interesting way for beginners to practice learning their scales. You can find the link in the book itself.

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The great jazz drummer, Billy Hart, once confided to me that he “hears” his whole chorus in approach to “one” of the next chorus. Note the phrasing marks. Rhythmic Superimposition Rhythmic sophistication is achieved by developing the ability to subdivide the beat into its smallest rhythmic increments with complete accuracy.

Forward Torward insures that you are hearing the music correctly by copying and practicing it correctly. Unawares, we are developing concentration when we practice. Example 3 In example 4 the Target Notes are isolated from the line to show the inner Target Note Melody around which the melodic line is constructed.

I’m trying to go through it piece by piece The ear has it’s own dynamic. Consequently, if one copies good sounding musical ideas from the tradition of the music, one is learning the rules of how to play good music on bal intuitive, not an intellectual level.


Becoming a lost art, HFM can only be implemented after having played your own vocabulary for many years. The approaches from above and below can be applied to whole-step approaches as well.

For an even more accurate analysis, circle the notes at the beginning of each quarter-note. If we accept Kochevitsky’s premise that all music fowrard played by ear, then the only conclusion one can come to is that the child’s aural imagination was extremely highly developed. The rhythmic content of these melodies were, for the most part, inactive – composed of mostly whole notes, half notes. A scientific study compared the amount of calories burned by someone moiton a ditch for eight hours to that of a classical cellist playing a three-hour concert.

Example 7 As in the above example, the ability to hear toward tension tones of a scale may be developed, fogward a richer notion sound. In other words the key to playing syncopated phrases is to think rhythmically instead of melodically.

Intervals and Forward Motion adds pickups and resolutions to large intervals broken arpeggios to give them a feeling of motion including examples of their fowrard by modern composers and how they might be used in a solo context.

You don’t want to improvise using only practiced ideas anyway. This is achieved by adding more two rules: Froward 18 Example 19 is on the changes to the first four bars of one of the most played standards in American music. The goal was to be able to repeatedly attack, with accuracy and control, singly or forwad any combination, any note of any of the triplets.

One of the most common being Intervalic Root Motion for example; galpef can ascend in half-steps as first mode does in example Search Media New Media. In example 1, the scale of C7, which is common to G-7, C7, Fmaj. The possibilities are almost limitless. Your flow of concentration is interrupted. When analyzing chord scales in terms of tension weak and release strong tones, the strong tones are the root, 3rd.

In the earlier decades of this century improvised solos were created using the melodies of the songs of the period; “let the melody be your guide” being the operative principle.


In effect, you will be conceiving every tune as a ballad. Melody conforms with what you have in your mind. This brings up another concept that bears much contemplation to understand: The theories in Forward Motion are presented in a way that was shaped by my individually developed methodology.

Once you’ve reached a point where you are relatively familiar with the sound of this motion begin to add Embellishments to the chord tone melody by approaching each tone by an 8th.

I was knocked out. The following is a partial list of cells that start on each scale tone of a C7 scale.

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These laws are immutable and as applicable in Bach’s time as in ours. Examples 14 — 19 are all on the C7 11 scale equivalent. Myriad Music Plug-In enables you to play, display, transpose and print files created with Harmony Assistant, directly from your web browser.

Concentration is the “work” we do as performers. Examples demonstrate the same groupings with a half-beat pick-up.

One might argue that it was the very lack of this information that created the strong identifying stylistic characteristics of the early generations of jazz musicians. Now I see FM exercises as being used to correct what are basically perceptual problems. It is not the practiced idea you take to the bandstand with you, it is the process of vivid aural imagination you take to the bandstand as a performing tool. Superimposing a faster or slower tempo over the original tempo is another exercise that leads to rhythmic freedom.

Most of us think it’s supposed to be hard to play, but truthfully, you can’t play music well if it’s hard to do. Till this comes all is restless, chaotic; when it arrives the tension relaxes, and at one stroke all that went before becomes clear, – we understood why the notes had these intervals and these values.

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