So I had a piano lesson today.
I’ve been learning Charlie Parker’s “Dexterity” for the past few weeks.
Some interesting points follow.
With chords in bebop, the tempos are usually too fast to be able to play two handed chords. Keep it to simple Bud Powell voicings.
Chordal expectation is a thing. Hit chords either after or before beat 3 depending on what the melody is doing.
Very quick, I need to work on my timing.
No swing! Bebop tunes don’t swing! Only swing jazz swings.
The swing feel is achieved - The drums - The accenting on the offbeats
The melodic interest is generated through: - Random accents - Reduction of the melody - Incredible tempo
Play the melody rock solid straight. No exceptions.