Jazz Tunes with
Pentatonic Heads

Many of you have been playing the pentatonic scale in your scale sheet regimen. The word's root, penta, is from Greek and means "five." So the pentatonic scale has only 5 different notes. 

Here's the pentatonic scale in C Major: C D E G A.

These are the only notes in the scale; if we extend up another octave - C D E G A C D E G A - we're still only using the same 5 letter names!

The pentatonic scale is the foundation of LOADS of folk melodies from various cultures worldwide - including popular music/rock/soul/R&B/blues, and jazz.

I'm sure that this scale sound familiar to your ears.

Check out these recordings of "Chameleon" by Herbie Hancock. It has a funky beat which sounds very different from the swing tunes we've been listening to:

Now play "Chameleon"

with

YOUR HEADPHONES AND THESE PRACTICE TRACKS:

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  FLUTE      

Chameleon (fl both parts) 90bpm
00:00 / 02:26

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS FLUTE SOLO  -MEDIUM TEMPO:  

Chameleon Play Along in F Concert - 90bpm
00:00 / 05:45

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS FLUTE SOLO -

    FAST TEMPO:

Chameleon Play Along in F Concert - 120bpm
00:00 / 04:19
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CLARINET

Chameleon (low cl both parts) 90bpm
00:00 / 02:26
Chameleon (upper cl both parts) 90 bpm
00:00 / 02:25

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS CLARINET SOLO  -MEDIUM TEMPO:  

Chameleon Play Along in F Concert - 90bpm
00:00 / 05:45

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS CLARINET SOLO -

    FAST TEMPO:

Chameleon Play Along in F Concert - 120bpm
00:00 / 04:19
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SAXOPHONE

Chameleon (alto saxo both parts) 90bpm
00:00 / 02:25

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS SAXOPHONE SOLO  -MEDIUM TEMPO:  

Chameleon Play Along in Bb Concert 90bpm
00:00 / 05:45

ACCOMPANIMENT TRACK MINUS SAXOPHONE SOLO -

    FAST TEMPO:

Chameleon Play Along in Bb Concert 120bpm
00:00 / 04:19