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Improvisation 1

Lesson 1

Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn) - Bb instruments

StyleSwing / Big Band
FormAABA 32 bars
KeyD Major
Harrmony II V I in part [A], modulation to IVth degree in part [B]
Melody The phrases start on the 5th of the chord

IMPROVISATION

Exercise 1

Play along with the video and perform the exercise as in the example, playing the root note of each chord.

(*) In the example below you see only the first eight measures of the piece, continue in the same way for the whole song

Take the A Train - esercizio 1 (Bb)

Exercise 2

Play along with the video and perform the exercise as in the example, playing 1st 3rd 5th of each chord.

(*) In the example below you see only the first eight measures of the piece, continue in the same way for the whole song

Take the A Train - esercizio 2 (Bb)

Exercise 3

Play along with the video and perform the exercise as in the example, playing 3rd 2nd 3rd 1st on each chord.

(*) In the example below you see only the first eight measures of the piece, continue in the same way for the whole song

Take the A Train - esercizio 3 (Bb)

Exercise 4

Play along with the video and perform the exercise as in the example, playing 1 2 3 5 on each chord.

(*) In the example below you see only the first eight measures of the piece, continue in the same way for the whole song

Take the A Train - esercizio 4 (Bb)

Exercise 5

Play along with the video and perform the exercise as in the example, playing the complete chord (1 3 5 7 or 1 3 5 6).

(*) In the example below you see only the first eight measures of the piece, continue in the same way for the whole song

Take the A Train - esercizio 5 (Bb)

Backing Tracks with slower tempo

If the videos are too fast and you want to practice at a slower tempo first, you can use these two backing tracks.

80 BPM

100 BPM

Sample solo

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Take the A Train - chords only (Bb)

Take the A Train - chords and melody (Bb)

Take the A Train - sample solo (Bb)

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