In the first few pages of Derek Ansell’s 2008 biography of Hank Mobley, “Workout,” he uses the phrase “just comes out right,” more than once to refer to the logic of Hank’s improvised lines. I think these four words encapsulate Hank’s improvisational concept as the ideal expression of bebop melodic vocabulary. In this lesson, his solo over the standard 32 bar AB tune “If I Should Lose You,” from his classic 1960 album “Soul Station,” is analyzed for improv techniques and major ii-V-I licks that you can transpose and use as-is or as points of departure for your own lines to elevate your own solos.
Watch this short video for an overview of the content of this course.
Five Essential 7th Chords
Improv - The Concept
Four Components of Melodic Construction
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About the instructor
Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on JazzPianoOnline.com.