Improv Drill - Approach Patterns
Joe Zawinul is perhaps best known as a fusion-based synthesist, co-founder of the popular jazz-rock group Weather Report and explorer of World Music styles as leader of his band the Joe Zawinul Syndicate. But he played straight-ahead jazz on the acoustic piano well before venturing off into the varied directions of the past 30+ years. His considerable talents as a bebop pianist are on display in this lesson through an analysis of a transcription of his solo over the tune "Teaneck" from the 1961 classic "Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley" for his use of approach patterns in crafting his lines. This lesson codifies four common approach patterns and demonstrates a series of drills to help you gain control over these patterns for use in your own soloing. The second installment in the Improv Drill series of lessons, this lesson builds on the fundamentals outlined in the first lesson, Improv Drill: Chord Tones.
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Transcriptions
Practice Session 2 - Chromatic from Below Approach Pattern Drill
Practice Session 3 - Scale from Above Approach Pattern Drill
Practice Session 4 - Double Chromatic Approach Pattern Drills
Practice Session 5 - Chromatic/Scale Combination Approach Pattern Drills
Practice Session 6 - Double Chromatic Combination Approach Pattern Drills
Listen to Joe Zawinul play the tune "Teaneck" from the 1961 classic "Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley."
Watch the Lesson
Part 1 - Four Approach Pattern Drills
Part 2 - Approach Patterns to Guide Tones