Music phrasing in jazz or blues improvisation

Practice to end the phrase on the different tones of a chord and to make the action I propose.
The fundamental element to build a good phrasing is that every phrase must be connected with the previous ones.

1. Remember to vary the beginning and ending of a phrase:

music phrasing in jazz improvisation

Practice to begin and to end the phrase in every point of the measure

B = Beginning tone

E = Ending tone

AVOID this bad habit : (Same beginning and ending points )

mistakes in music phrasing

Ending of a phrase

Practice to end a phrase on different tones of a chord:

Tone Effect Style Action
1

 

Rest – Close the phrasing Rock, Pop

You

You have to begin a new phrasing
2 Tension and unbalance Jazz You have begin the following phrase from that note
3 Rest and strong determination Any style No particular action
4 Tension, unbalance and suspension Jazz, Blues Begin from that note and solve it to the tone below
5 Rest and neutral Any style No particular action
6 A bit of tension and coloured tone Jazz, Pop I suggest to begin the following phrase from that note
7 A bit of tension and determination Jazz, Blues Pop No particular action

This concept is very important in music improvisation.

Music phrase : phrasing development

Practice to end the phrase on the different tones of a chord and to make the action I propose.

music phrasing development

  • Na = no particular action
  • T = Tension
  • Ba = Begin again
  • S = Solving tone

Another example containing a wrong ending tone ( Tension is not solved or begun again).

learn music phrasing : mistakes

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