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bebop_main_ipadiImprov – Bebop is designed to help take the mystery out of the language of Bebop. The app contains nine comprehensive lessons and eight JAM-A-longs.

Each lesson contains a detailed explanation as well as exercises, transposable notation and tempo-adjustable audio examples. Many of the concepts are also demoed by saxophonist Tony Bray at the end of the lessons.

The topics covered include:bebop_lesson_iphone

  • Fully realizing the bebop scale through strategic placement of half steps to ultimately include all twelve notes of the chromatic scale while maintaining appropriate chord colors.
  • Developing longer phrases.
  • Turnarounds and chord substitutions.
  • A breakdown of the ʻConfirmationʼ sequence.
  • Various approaches to playing over ʻI Got Rhythmʼ changes.

bebop_pal_ipadThe included JAM-A-longs are:

  • V7
  • II V I
  • I Got Rhythm 1
  • I Got Rhythm 2
  • Confirmation Sequence
  • Turnaround 1
  • Turnaround 2
  • Turnaround 3

As with all of the apps in the iImprov series, Bebop has the following general features:

  • Individual JAM-A-longs for each key for variety.
  • Mixer control for the JAM-A-long instruments.
  • Tempo control for each JAM-A-long.
  • Music notation available in either treble or bass clef.

Demo Videos

Below is a video demonstrating iImprov – Bebop on the iPad:

Another video showing interjections of half-steps into bebop lines: