50 Essential Bebop Heads Arranged For Guitar

May 29 2015

50 Essential Bebop Heads Arranged For Guitar

The best lines of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and many more. The tunes selected for this compilation represent the most vital and challenging pieces within the bebop vocabulary. For guitarists, working out the lines of bebop innovators like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis has meant exhaustive hours of memorization and fingering perplexities. With the aid of tablature, this book offers the most efficient performance positions for conquering the almighty bop heads.
Of course, the “best” fingerings for bebop tunes can be a subjective topic. Although careful consideration has been given to the positions indicated, feel free to reposition any phrases that you find more comfortable played elsewhere on the guitar neck. In addition, fingerings have been left out, and the number of slurs and slides have been intentionally limited. These are stylistic elements you may also want to experiment with adding, depending on your personal preference.
The rewards in learning these selections go far beyond the tunes themselves. The language of bebop is derived from the technical and melodic brilliance of these lines. By dissecting their compositional and improvisational elements, we can improve our own understanding of the jazz idiom.

Songs include:

  • Afternoon In Paris
  • Ah-Leu-Cha
  • Mayreh
  • Quicksilver
  • S.O.S.
  • Another Hairdo
  • Anthropology
  • Au Privave
  • Barbados
  • Be-Bop
  • Billie’s Bounce (Bill’s Bounce)
  • Bird Feathers
  • Bloomdido
  • Blue ‘N Boogie
  • Boplicity (Be Bop Lives)
  • Byrd Like
  • Chasing The Bird
  • Cheryl
  • Confirmation
  • Dewey Square
  • Dizzy Atmosphere
  • Donna Lee
  • Five Brothers
  • Four Brothers
  • Groovin’ High
  • Half Nelson
  • Ko Ko
  • Lennie’s Pennies
  • Mohawk
  • Moose The Mooche
  • Mr. P.C.
  • A Night In Tunisia
  • Now’s The Time
  • Ornithology
  • Red Cross
  • Salt Peanuts
  • Scrapple From The Apple
  • Some Other Blues
  • Steeplechase
  • Thriving From A Riff
  • 42061
  • Well You Needn’t (It’s Over Now)
  • Things To Come
  • Back Home Blues
  • Blues For Alice
  • Chi Chi
  • Kim
  • Passport
  • Woodyn’ You
  • Epistrophy

Format: PDF, 78 pages

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  1. johns1972 /

    great book! much to learn from this

  2. larry /

    Got to learn those Bebop chops

  3. Ricardoantunes /

    Awesome!! a lot to learn, for sure!

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