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    I have just received the Charlie Parker Omnibook Volume 1. Can someone suggest what would be a good tune to start with. I want to learn his phrasing and get ideas. NOTE: I am new to Jazz.


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    Can I suggest Yardbird Suite?

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    This is just one suggestion, so take it with a big grain of salt.
    Start by listening to a lot. Give yourself maybe two weeks just listening to the Dial recordings, and the Savoy live recordings. Listen a lot to the point of immersion, until you're so infused with the music that you can feel it, understand the sway and push of his rhythmic breath, until you can anticipate what he'd be likely to do...and you'll still be surprised by his choices.
    I think you should listen until you feel how it'd be to be in the audience or listening to Symphony Sid. And somewhere in that experience you'll come across a performance that says to you "Oh Wow! That chorus of Now's the Time really jumps out!" and then be hungry when you open the page, before you use your eyes.

    That's how it's useful to me. I just think those dots on the page might speak more clearly if the spirit of his sound has spoken to you first.

    Just my two cents.

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    Yea good advice and i will do just that...need to soak it up to feel working on Ornithology in the mean time :-)

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    I highly recommend transcribing by ear and using the omnibook to check your transcriptions and do analysis. Especially since you're interested in his phrasing. That's how I use my omnibook.
    Why not a blues?

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    I'd go anthropology
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    Billie’s Bounce. That’s a blues in F.

    I would also try to get a hold of Thomas Owens book “Bebop: the music and it players”. There’s a big chapter on Parker, analyzing his solos, and giving pointers to interesting parts of his recordings. This really a great read and companion to transcribing Bird’s solos.

    There’s also Thomas Owens dissertation on Charlie Parker which is freely available on the web. It has in depth insights and analysis of Parkers transcriptions. I recommend that too but that can be bit overwhelming, so not sure one should start with that.

    But i agree that first step would need to be to just listening to lots of Bird’s recordings.

    Have fun

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    Do what Parker did , learn it off the records ( or mp3s ) . Use the Onmibook to check , don't try to learn an aural art form from sheet music .

    Probably start with the medium blues , Billies Bounce , Cheryl , Au Privave , Barbados .

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    Blues in different keys has been the beginning flr a long time for me at least. I would suggest cool blues. It's in C. U can find all 4 takes online. You get some diatonic language, b9#9 vocab and straight up altered scale/tritone sub language in there too and u get a lesson at recycling ideas in a creative way. Win/win/win/win situation.
    Aside from that it's a nice tune

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    When I got it first I started with Billies Bounce.

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    I just got Live at Massey Hall--the Spanish reissue (without Mingus redubbing his bass lines).

    I really dig Parker's playing on this record. His lines have that same elegance that he employed on his "With Strings" album.

    I think both Massey Hall and Bird With Strings are great places to start for transcribing Charlie Pahkah, wait--I mean Charlie Chan