iImprov - Bebop
This latest in the iImprov series from Jazz Apps Mobile is designed to help take the mystery out of the language of Bebop. There are 9 comprehensive lessons and 8 JAM- A-longs.
Each lesson contains a detailed explanation as well as exercises, transposable notation and tempo-adjustable audio examples. Many of the concepts are also demoed by saxophonist Tony Bray at the end of the lessons.
The topics covered include:
- How to fully realize the bebop scale through strategic placement of half steps to ultimately include all twelve notes of the chromatic scale while maintaining appropriate chord colors.
- How to develop longer phrases.
- Turnarounds and chord substitutions. (Includes tempo adjustable examples that loop and transpose for practicing over.)
- A breakdown of the Confirmation sequence. - Various approaches to playing over I Got Rhythm changes.
JAM-A-longs include individually created files for each key. Each will loop indefinitely, all keys are covered and tempos are adjustable. The included JAM-A-longs are:
- II V I
- I Got Rhythm 1
- I Got Rhythm 2
- Confirmation Sequence
- Turnaround 1
- Turnaround 2
- Turnaround 3
As with other other Jazz Apps Mobile apps, you can set the notation clef and the overall transposition for your specific instrument and there is balance control for the JAM-A-Longs.
Playalongs now continue playing when the screen locks.
Ratings and Reviews
This series of apps is outstanding. Presented in a simple, concise manner, the exercises allow you to really hear and internalize the concepts being explained. Working the pattern through all keys is easy with the jam along, in addition to being able to change keys on the same page as the example. I've gotten so much out of just learning one pattern in the bebop b3/b5/b6 exercise that it's expanded my note choices and ideas in all my playing. Thanks so much for taking the mystery out of how to play outside the diatonic scale, yet still sound completely inside the chord-how to do that fluidly has plagued me for years, now it's all starting to come together and make sense.
Outstanding. Fun. Interactive
These apps are truly outstanding. They start off telling you some of the history. And start from smaller theoretic stuff, to modern harmony and all that good stuff . I want to thank the developers for creating such a magnificently well thought out app. It's great for all musicians ! If you're curious about jazz. GET THESE APPS well worth the money
This a handy lesson/practice app for all levels. Very powerful. Can play in all keys and alters charts instantly to whatever key you want. Can also play examples and loops at whatever tempo you want. I like it so much that I am likely the others by this developer.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.