Maybe I’m just a math geek, but I love exploring patterns on my horn. A plethora of jazz literature is available on scalar/pattern studies (Jerry Coker, Oliver Nelson, David Baker, Slonimsky, etc.), each offering a veritable buffet of patterns for you to get under your fingers and have in your back pocket. You COULD just open one of these books, flip to any page, read the lick, and transpose into all 12 keys, and repeat. But for me, these books just collect dust on my shelves. Meanwhile I’m practicing patterns almost every day.
In my last post I explored why patterns, when used thoughtfully and judiciously, are essential for the improvising musician. …
But how can you form your own patterns? Here’s a framework.
Patterns are composed of cells, or small, mathematically constructed groups of notes.
Coltrane was famous for his exploration and application of various cells.