Forward Motion [Hal Galper] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This deep, yet user-friendly book provides a unique view of how to learn to . I have in my collection Hal’s notes from 5 the early 80s about forward motion, Galper is explaining is offering countless ways of manipulating simple at first, and . Hal Galper-Forward Motion. I bought this book last week and started working through some of the ideas and it seems to be a pretty interesting.

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So much so my head was spinning.

Example 19 Example 21 shows Example Superimposition is an advanced technique describing how musical freedom from the predictable elements of music: Using a mechanical process to learn a creative process is non-productive.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Concepts must have the “Ring of Truth” for the student.

Superimposition differs from ordinary change playing in that, in the accepted sense, extensions of a chord the 9th, 9th, flat 9th, 11th, 11th, flat 5th and sharp 5th gaalper named in terms of their distance from the root of a chord. We were all taught backward.

But now things really start to get interesting: Skip to forwrad content. Example 9 Courtesy of Mike Longo Example 10 shows where the quarter-note pulse is.

The next stage of development, the application of natural phrasing, syncopation and the use of space, requires a lifetime to achieve. The operative attitude is that one must be exciting not excited. Connecting Forsard with Linear Harmony. Galper asks us to revise this way of hearing so that the beats preceding 1 and 3 are the ideas, the tension, that points forward to release on important notes on beats 1 and 3.

Put out a drum book, every young drummer will buy it.


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Note that the phrase marks start ahead of the bar line crossing over the bar line to end in the middle of the next bar. Mistakenly, they try to apply this practicing attitude to a playing situation, becoming frustrated when it doesn’t work. It may take a while to learn the difference between an idea played with feeling and one that is not.

The chord tones 3rd, flat 3rd, and the flat 7th spell out the character and color of changes with the greatest clarity. The “hows” of musical ideas are universal in nature and take a lifetime to learn. OK, so maybe you already knew all of that. This ability, like vivid imagining, may take years to develop. If you’re into improvised music, this one is definitely worth a read. He could go anywhere at any time and make it work.

A good line often spells out or leads the listeners ear into the next chord early There is a practicing attitude and a playing attitude. You can also alter your perception of time by selecting a ballad you know well enough you that don’t have to think about it while playing. Copying, imitation, “make it sound like this,” insures that both goals are achieved simultaneously.

The next example bears some explanation.

It can only be described as an F -7 played over a C maj. That is basically my poor explanation of what the Forward Motion book gets into.

It takes a lifetime of work to accomplish that goal. See if you can improvise a melodic line it must have an aspect of sing-ability using only half notes made exclusively out of basic chord tones.

One day we were checking out of a hotel. Example 66 has either the flat 7th, root, and flat 3rd of an A-7 shown or the 5th, flat 7th, and root of a C7. Not only does a practiced idea shape one’s hearing, it also improves your ability to concentrate. Apply the process to the other three Melodic Inversions. A half-step maybe added between these two chord tones to keep the rhythmic and melodic tension and release patterns “in synch.


Always has been and always will be. There are a number of tacit conditioning habits created during childhood that, unawares, is carried over into adult practicing. I learned syncopation at the feet of the masters, by playing with them, hearing how it should go night after night, by trying my best to emulate it. Most of us feel our internal tempo “clock” in one of four ways: They effect musical behavior achieving global, as opposed to incremental, changes upon their playing.

This contrasts with how we are taught in school, where 1 represents the beginning. Four major questions stopped me in my tracks every time.

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The current standardized pedagogy of teaching jazz improvisation as a process of merely synchronizing scales with their appropriate chord symbols, is fodward a “short-cut” for learning how to improvise. Your name or email address: No matter the art form, harnessing the power of your imagination and concentration are what being an artist is all about. The result is that in Example 7 the melody sounds to the listener as 8th notes, but the player is conceiving them at a different rate of speed as 16th notes.