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My #1 PHrasing

Exercise... Ever!

Scott Devine

My #1 Phrasing Exercise...Ever (#111)


Jazz Blues progression
Alternate between 4 bars of walking, then soloing

C7

?
? ? ? ?

F7

C7

G7

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

C7

? ? ? ?

Alternate

F7

? ? ? ? ?

C7

? ? ? ?

E7

? ? ? ?

A7

? ? ? ?

Alternate

D7

? ? ? ? ?

G7

C7

A7

D7

? ? ? ?

? ? ? ?

G7

? ? ? ?

Start time 10:18

Ex.1
alternating between soloing and walking
qaa z=[qp ]e

? ~~~ C7 # nF7
#

C7

G7

n #j

C7

b n

X 4

3
15 ~~~

F7

C7

E7

?
# b b
b


b b n
3

A7

b
# b
3
3

2
5

3
1

2
4

7
5

1
3

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3
5

5
7

D7

G7

? # n

bj

C7

A7

D7

G7

n
b b b

Etc

4
5

13:05

Ex.2
arriving early at the change from walking to soloing

? C7 b n

F7

C7

G7

C7
b

#j

X 2

F7

C7
E7 . A7

3
? b
b
# b
#


J
n
#
3
3

2 5
1

1
3

0 3
1

7
5

2
4

3
5

2 3

D7

G7

C7

A7

D7

G7

2 5 4
3

?b

b
b n # #
b

3
6

5
3

0
0

7
4

3
6

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3
4

15:11

Ex.3 alternating between soloing and walking

C7

F7

C7

G7

C7

# n # #
b

b b #

3
3

? j

3
2

F7

C7

A7


b b

J
#

3

3
0

E7

? # # b

b
2

5 2

3
5

2 5

G7

D7

? # n

#j

C7

A7

G7

D7


b b j n

10

5
5

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My #1 Phrasing Exercise...Ever (#111)


Your Action Plan
I'm going to keep this short and sweet.
This exercise moved the needle for me in a BIG way. Its
simply one of the coolest exercises Ive ever been shown,
and got me playing the bass in a much more musical way
than Id ever done before.
But...
It didn't happen straight away. It's a really tough exercise,
and took me at least a month to start making some
progress with it. I'm telling you this as I expect you're
about to go through the same pain and frustration as I did
- hee hee (evil laugh!). So fear not... it happened to me
too... but it was worth it!
If you feel frustrated or this exercise is too much for you
right now, simply put it on the back burner and come back
to it in a month or so... it'll be waiting for you ;)
Here are your action steps.
Familiarise yourself with the chord progression that I
use within this lesson. Use your arpeggio/chord tone
exercises with the progression, moving up and down
the neck in various positions so you can visualise it
clearly over the fingerboard.
Tackle the lesson. Work through this slowly and
methodically. Play at slower speeds if that feels more
comfortable.

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Now start to implement this exercise on other songs. I


recommend using common jazz standards as the
chords usually change every measure, and many times
even two chords per measure. It'll keep you on your
toes ;)
As always, see you in the shed...
Scott :)

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