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Introduction ... 3

1. Shuffle de-Funk ... 5 2. Blues Shuffle ... 8

3. Easy Groove • • . 12
4. Simply Stated ... 16 19

5. Blues With A Bridge ... 6. Siammin' ... 25


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8. BeBop Special ••• 32 9. Relaxed ... 36
11. Blues For Days ••• 38 See Forever •.. 44

12. lyrical •.. 48 13. Weirdo-Funk ••. 52 14. Rhythm Check ••• 54

Recorded by Special thanks to Jim Russ and Will for their beaulilul

Bob Mintzer, tenor sax; Russell Ferrante, keyboardS; Jimmy Hasllp, bass; Williem Kennedy, drums Michael Brorby, Brooklyn, NewVork, and Chuck Loeb, Irvington, New York to Jack Bullook, Larry Clark, and Dave Olsen at Warner Bros. Publioations, their impeccable musiolanshlp and dedication, to Michael Brorby and Chuck Loeb for engineering, to my family, Carla and Paul, and to all the lunksters out there who played the music which inspired this book. Editor: Larry Clatk

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This is the second collection of etudes I have written for those who wish to work on improvisation, composing, sight
reading, and generaJ muslclanshlp. melodic, and harmonic, and rhythmical While the first book (14 Jazz & Funk Etudes) dealt with some of the more complex aspects of Jazz & R&A music, this book's focus is more about plClying melodically

simply over a variety of funk & blues settings. Playing funk & blues music calls for a less chromatic approach at times, and these etudes enable the player to delve into this language. this is a viable direction and a good option to have at your disposal, there are other areas whi as well. These are: 1. Playing a simple melody slowly, smoothly, and beautifully with character and style.
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As a young aspiring jazz saxophonist and composer, I spent a good amount of time trying to play fast, slick, and .
complex. Although need to be covered 2. 3.


Playing a simple melody in a groove-style which swings hard. Playing solos which interact with the rhythm section (meaning-knowing what the rhythm section is dclng,

and being able to "speak their language").
Listen to Lester Young, Stan Cetz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. Despite all the complexity in these great improvisers' approaches, there was always this amazing ability for them to take a simple melody and turn it into beautiful gem This book,

of an idea.

then, attempts to demonstrate how a simple, to-the-point solo might be constructed on a variety of funk & blues settings. This is done in such a way that the solos are logical extensions of the tunes and the soloist becomes a

"member of the rhythm section" by playing the groove.

The way the book works is: 1. Learn each etude slowly (use the 1st CD to see how they go).

2. Play the etude with the CD accompaniment (the version without melody is the 2nd CO) 3. Read the text for each etude which deals with concept, style, and theoretical matter'>.
You can also: 1. Solo over the whole etude as a means of working on improvisation. 2. Play any of the etudes with a live rhythm section.

3. Use any of the tunes as models for new compositions.


Mintzer is a saxophonist, composer and arrilnger from New York. He wears several differenl hats in the music

scene today. Bob is probably best known for his work with big bands. After spending time with Buddy Rich, Thad Jones, and Mel Lewis, he went on to form his own big band which, over the last decade has recorded 8 CD's (with 3Crammy nominations) for the D.M.P. label. He has written some 150 big band arrangements, most of which are published and perfo all over the globe by student and pro bands alike. The -Bob Mintzer Big Band has bridged the gap between lhe big ba

or the

swing era and contemporary

music. In fact, most of the band's performances

are attended by young people.

spends 4 months of the year working with the contemporary jazz band, Yellowjackets. I lis compositions and

phone playing have become an integral port of the bond's sound.

Bob has recorded and/or performed with over 200 jazz and pop artists over the years. Some of the more notable are:
jaco Pastorious, Mike Manieri, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Joe Williams, Minelli, Steve Winwood, Michael Franks, Don Grolnick, Sam Jones, Donald Fagen,


Peter Erskine, Dave Sanborn, Queen and Bobby McFerrin,

has also performed with the New York Philharmonic. His arranging credits include the CRP big band, Mel Lewis, Ur. [ohn, Michael Franks, the American Jazz Philharmonic, the St. lukes Chamber Ensemble, the WDR big band in Cologne, and the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. Bob is very active as an educator as well. He does workshops all over the world and has written several educational

music books and articles.


_ The first piece is written in a shuffle-funk style in which the 16th notes are played with a swing inflection I heard this melody in my head one day while flying cross-country The melody itself implies a strong groove and stands up pretty well without rhythm section accompaniment. The form of the tune is MBAC. Letter {8} is a third section which precedes the solo section {C}. The solo form consists of two A sections, and one C Section. Solo length on this one is fairly short, so you have to get in there, say something meaningful, and get out gr<lcp.flJlly and quickly. The melody returns at {F}. A solo needn't be long to say what needs to be said. Frequently I am called upon to play an eight or 16 bar solo on a record. This etude deals with playing that short, concise solo. The overall harmonic setting of this etude is in the well throughout. In

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is so that the solo has a place to go and can become more intense through adding notes or other intensity-related devices. The second reason ls 50 the soloist can establish a relationship with the rhythm section. By leaving space in the early part of - your solo/ you invite the piano, bass, drum, and guitar to join in your conversation. There is nothing worse than trying to talk

to someone who never stops talking, and doesn't listen to what YOLI have to say. Letter {E} uses a device which creates some intensity in a subtle way. I wrote several short notes over a three bar duration using a three note motif (8. D, F) which creates this angular and rhythmically intense moment. In the fourth bar the line smootbes OUl by gOill!:; back to I~Lo 16lh notes. Not a particularly flashy 5010. but one which fits with the tune, has a nice groove, and says what needs to be said, Sometimes a few words can say a lot. Use the blowing section on the and ro try some of your own ideas.

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B7~' - ~11f&J ! JJ ~ c. i~ ~i B) 1 P3 [ ~ & @ ~. This is a nice way to "hook-up" with the rhythm section.8 II. To play any of this music without would be like trying to build a house without any knowledge of carpentry some understanding of blues This next etude is a blues line followed by seven choruses of solo. . Jazz. but mostly we're dealing with simple "tuff that swings hard and is to the point.7 ~__. A good rhythm section will hear you play the first two bars and then join you in playing that rhythm in the next six bars. ~) n I r r ~.l~ IIt. Each chorus of 5010 takes the listener a little further along the journey and winds up at the seventh chorus with a fl urry of 16th notes. .~ - e. A7~9) j J I- JJ V V - 07(46) !I ~. ~ :. Letter {B} is the first solo chorus and begins with some stop-time in the rhythm section.1 ~7 . Thisleads nicely to {H}. J~ F' 1 - ~7 I '''' 4J cr fi1 I Flf rr% J ¥ ~k:J r k EX- I rr ff ~dn ! J. This will create excitement in a very simple and direct way. which moves along rather quickly and creates quite a bit of intensity. ~. C7 ~ ~. the listener will enjoy hearing everyone playing this idea together. Also. variation on the blues chord Changes. and Funk music. There are a few little chord substitutions and turn-arounds. Letter {G} goes somewhere totally different. The triplet groupings sets up an unusual kind of swing with some ranslon and energy in it.~91 ~ -- ~ ~ ~- J I rr £7(~) i::::J . The overall vibe is traditional blues.. BLUES SHUFFLE Blues is the foundation of R&B. t J ~. This type of playing needs to be mastered before any of the more modern or advance music can be played properly. Here's an opportunity to make Sure your time is good and that those first 4 bars of {6} are played in the right time feel even though the rhythm section is laying-out.J 0". rr ~ U • C7 I~ ~r r e. letter {C} has a reoccurring Letter {E} has a common familiar with them. melody which happens four times with slight variations. This section can wind up ~oundiflg like a little "shout chorus" or ensemble passage in a spontaneous way..(~l ~ If pqr r > J r:r J J I~ J (ID ifO' 11101' tff1r r·J I r A ~ g7(f9) r ~ 11Ai~.) c. Play these chords on the piano to become more Letter {F} is one way of creating a high point and some variety in your solo. I simply sustain the tonic note with a bit of embellishment for the whole churus.

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Th is tech ni que wi II give th e 50 loa sense of purpose and forward momentum. This rhythm gets the solo instrument and rhythm section together and gives the tune a S€nse of arrangement. Bf" sure to doubles up. The':if' melodies can be played over the regular chord changes. The first two choruses (8&0 are setting up the groove and letting the soloist hook-up with the rhythm section. I take a few notes from the theme and put them in the first few phrases. Theambiguous quality of these kind of melodies creates a feeling of tension. although a pianist who is listening will undoubtedly respond it he hears where you are going. although it would sound better if the pianist responded With fourth interval chords or some kind of altered dominant chords.38 l x. Letter {H} has another common variation on the blues progression. back to the head. The This piece is a blues shuffle inspired by the great organ trios. On this one. Letter {D} uses a. and take the listenEr on a journey. One thing that spruces up the head is the 11 th & 12th bar figure. Remember . r-l) . The first four notes comprise a motif which repeats every other bar with variation. . which goes into be-bop world momentarily.occurs every other bar (1. Letter {G} utilizes a descending II-V progression which adds some variety to the blues harmony. 3. a motif which creates a sense of suspension. BLUES FOR DAYS (r--l. so-to-speak.1 and eases U5 chorus is quite melodiC and open sounding. This The last four bars of {J} uses two notes fA & q to form The suspended feeling busts loose into a series of 16th maintain the quarter note groove even though the line Letter {L} returns to the original fe·e.the idea is to have yOUJ solo evolve. (lotted 8th . note runs in rhe jazz-blues tradition. The piano player need not play those changes. It also is a nice contrast to the next chorus. J Letter {J} goes in a completely different direction.16th feel is used on most eighth note lines TI~ehead is fairly typical of this style blues. 7). 1he solo starts at letter is}. this one starts out with space in between the phrases. This ties the "blowing" to the head nicely. Letter {I} uses fourth intervals in a variety of way~. grow. which is released nicely in the next chorus (lett~r {J}). groove is everything. motif wh ich re. 5. As in the other solos in this book. Each progressive chorus should build and change [rom the previous one.

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:u of {O}. Most of {C} is in the A dorian or mixolydian sound. you can see that a little story unfolded in this piece. utilizes my favorite diminished pattern (discussed in etude #3). or the B section of the tllne goes to 07. the superimposition looks like this: Coltrane progression 07 F7 [31. If the pianist is on top Letter {G} breaks into a more funky rhythmical approach in the A7 blues zone . I break into a G pentatonic scaJe. and major and minor 3rd. The head of the tune starts with an eight bar phrase based on a pentatonic scale corresponding to A7 M9. a 0 triad is introduced momentarily. This technique creates excitement in the way of tension. In this case. alternating light & dark. Letter {H} super-imposes a Coltrane-type progression over the more static 07 tonality. part of the arrangement. which adds even (I bit more tension and color to the improvisation. G). (A. For seven bars all the melodic material revolve around this F. Then a quick turn around Ol-V) gets us back Lo A7. In the fifth bar. 0. This is the basis for many of the contemporary improvisers when going "outside the changes".42 44 G XI. optirnistic note. The fourth bar of {G} uses an F pentatonic scale and momentarily sounds pretty "outside the tonality". b9. .7 eN7 D7 A7 07 G7 07 07 07 Letter {I} goes back into blues-funk world and closes on an uplifting. The solo starts at letter {C}. Letter {F} emphasizes the note F. C. Letter {D}. which is the ~_]of A. bS. Letter {E} (first bar) incorporates two triads (D and C) to give the line CI "sus" sound. This approach adds dissonance and tension to the solo. I emphasize the same pentatonic scale found in the theme. Looking back. SEE FOREVER This piece focuses on plrlying off of one chord vamps'(as in A7 forever). open and closed.a nice release from the tension and suspense created in the previous section. In the third b. As a soloist you can take the music to this place which will sound like an intentional of things. E. and ambiguous and direct. Letter {B}. Letter {D} uses melodies which add the b6. he will play a A7~5 to support your line.

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