relevance to modern jazz musicians. Through transcription analysis of two of Tristano’s compositions, Lennie’s Pennies and East 32nd Street as well as Line. In the buildup to the transcriptions class I’m teaching at The Nash Allan Chase taught a course on Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano. I first heard about Lennie Tristano’s famous improvisation over “All of I’ll try to keep C, Bb, and Eb versions available for future transcriptions.

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Near the end of the ostinato, Tristano plays the three bar cycle once up a perfect fourth, then returns, resembling a blues form.

Me too, I do this way. The method was to tap with different limbs, different rhythms, simultaneously. Lenniw never practiced playing fast. The second bar begins with a 4 note enclosure that targets the Ab note on beat 3.

Ultimately, Tristano had students write out their own solos, helping to solidify their ideas and practices. Tristano firmly believed that it did absolutely nothing to simply learn the notes and memorize a solo. No registered users and 0 guests.

His idea was that the imagination could play an important role in working out the kinks of the technical aspects of your instrument, as it would apply to the theoretical challenges in exercises and melodies. A tristajo should arrive at the point that with or without the recording playing he can reasonably sing the solo.

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It was here that he was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker. Example Instead of resolving to Bb major or minor, an extended harmonic progression is created. With some patience, you should be able to find it.

His preferred process of engraining a musical language was to sing the material perfectly, without needing to resort to looking at notation. The University of Michigan Press.

He executes this fast line with precision, starting with two beats of triplets in three, then five trannscription of 4 notes of triplets. The use of scales, arpeggios, and chromatic enclosures. There are many similarities in the presented solos, and many examples will demonstrate multiple aspects of his playing. By focusing on playing at extremely slow tempos, the cognitive part of playing is bypassed, creating a stronger connection between the feeling of the music and the instrument.


Tristano expanded the harmonic vocabulary of jazz improvisation with this album. Tristano insisted that the evolution of jazz was only trristano by certain players over the years, those who played with authentic feeling and have complete control over their sound.

While he was strongly connected to bebop harmonically, he was more rhythmically and melodically innovative.

His students were expected to have complete mastery of their instruments, be able to play in all keys, and have a significant grasp of rhythmic complexity. He also suggested setting the record at half-speed if needed, to really hear everything clearly. For this reason, it is essential to listen to Lennie Tristano’s original version, found on “The New Tristano”, released on the Atlantic label.

Tristano then uses arpeggiation based on the B-6 maj7which could be heard as a downward side-step from the previous Cmin11 arpeggiation.

The next enclosures on bar four outline both the 5th G of C7 and the 5th C of F7. This served to assimilate all the aspects of re-creating the nuances of a jazz soloist, engraining the music at a physical and emotional level. On beat 1, it begins with the 3rd of F, and continues upward, hitting the 5th, flat 7th, 9th, sharp 11th, 13th and finally the root, which is accented, outlining the highest point in the line. Next is the time consuming process of writing out and playing the solo.

Next was to play on the instrument, while aiming to re-enact how the notes sound and feel on transcriptioj recording. This gives the sound of the downward shift in tonality to E major a very parallel and precise effect.

All solos and other exercises had to be sung and internalized by students before being allowed to play them on their instrument. This solo gives us two choruses packed with detail. Briefly, the clue lies in the fact that the player must develop the use of the thumb on the black keys. Another harmonic technique taught by Tristano was changing the chord qualities for the purpose of delaying or bypassing resolutions.


Intenor saxophonist Warne Marsh began studying with Tristano. Piano students played scalar exercises, with each hand using a separate meter. Then in the fourth chorus, the B and A notes are used as a chromatic enclosure approach to the Bb note, which is the start of a scalar line of Ab major. The ability to clearly imagine melody in a harmonic framework would guarantee that the information was internalized, rather than just intellectualized for the sake transcriptoin the current situation.

Jago, The next step was to sing gristano solo without the recording playing, while maintaining the focus on pitch accuracy and the exact placement of the note within the time lenne. According to Dave Rtanscription, in the s, Tristano was among the few, if not the only, person professionally teaching jazz improvisation in New York City. Check out the phrase at 36 seconds!!

Lennie Tristano preferred that his students learned to use complex harmony and especially dense dominant chords when approaching the chord of resolution. At age 8, he had taken some classical piano lessons, which he later dismissed as unconstructive. Jazz Research Journal, Once a melody was learned, it could then be the driving force behind how you approach the improvisation.

Maybe you can take on that challenge? He suffered a fatal heart attack in November of He employed the knowledge of an experienced classical musician, extensively using advanced concepts of counterpoint, polytonality and complex polyrhythms. The next thing I know all of a sudden