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The Diminished Whole Tone Concept is HERE!


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"In the true tradition of the jazz vernacular, that has been passed down through the generations; this method offers an opportunity for a composer to shape his music in a very personal style

- Dr. Billy Taylor

"Mickey Bass has written a book on his system of improvisation, which will prove to be a valuable and insightful addition to any aspiring jazz musician's library. There is a wealth of knowledge here from cover to cover, based on Mickey's years of experience on the bandstand. This is a welcome addition to the jazz improvisation literature."

- Bobby Watson

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The Diminished Whole Tone Concept is HERE!

  1. 1. The Diminished Whole Tone Concept. An original jazz improvisation method by Lee O. “Mickey” Bass III
  2. 2. What is Jazz?
  3. 3. Jazz is: . An original American art form. . A cultural legacy of Black America. . The first national pop media genre. . The soundtrack of America from the „30s to the „60s.
  4. 4. “Jazz washes away the dust of every day life.” - Art Blakey
  5. 5. What is Bebop?
  6. 6. Bebop: • Is a basic harmonic concept. • Is an improvisational form like no other. • Took standard tunes and improvised a melody over the same chord changes. • Is a platform for musicians to demonstrate their creative ability. • Took jazz from what you heard to what you experienced.
  7. 7. “Bebop wasn‟t developed in any deliberate way.” - Thelonious Monk
  8. 8. Bebop Milestones 1 Late 1930s – Early 1940s: Earl “Fatha” Hines 2 1940s: Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine 3 Late 1940s: Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker 4 Late ‟40s - Early „50s: Miles Davis, John Coltrane
  9. 9. “It‟s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.” - Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker Dizzy Gillespie
  10. 10. “Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn‟t consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done – unable to play except from paper” - Mary Lou Williams
  11. 11. Mary Lou Williams: . The “Holy Mother of Bebop” – (click here). . A prodigy, with perfect pitch and a highly developed musical memory by the age of four. . Mentor, teacher and friend to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. . Only major Jazz artist who lived through all the eras in the history and development of Jazz.
  12. 12. What is The Diminished Whole Tone Concept?
  13. 13. The Diminished Whole Tone Concept 1 The “Bebop Prayer Book” 2 A shortcut to developing quality solos 3 Helps you learn what to play and where to play it 4 Helps you develop your own sound and style
  14. 14. The Diminished Whole Tone Concept is HERE! The “Bebop Prayer Book” is available for purchase – only $39.95 + shipping. Click below to order your copy NOW!
  15. 15. The Diminished Whole Tone Concept. Find your groove today! …what are you waiting for??