Forward Motion

From Bach To Bebop

A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing

Only $16.97 USD


Read This Before You Buy This Book

Before you buy the ebook’s downloadable version please take a moment to read the information on this site. An informed customer is a satisfied customer. We have dedicated our best efforts to anticipate every possible question you might have about ebooks, how they work, how to buy it and what you can and can’t do with it. Unlike “hard” products bought on the internet this is a virtual product. Once purchased and downloaded to your computer’s hard drive you own it.

Forward Motion contains document security settings. The book’s text cannot be printed out. These settings protect the book against potential copyright violations as well as unauthorized copying and distribution! It has also been “optimized” for viewing on a computer screen. This means the PDF document has a lower memory content, downloads quicker than a version optimized as a print version, and works smoother for page turning.

However, the “TipSheet” in the internet files has a section giving directions, for both Mac and PC users, on how to print the musical examples. Those who’s instruments are not near their computers will find this very handy.

What Is Forward Motion About?

As childhood and adult behavior differ so does childhood and adult musical behavior. We often bring into adult behavior attitudes and habits that were apropos as a child but become problematical as adults. No less so for the musician. Many of these musical attitudes and habits are unconscious, effectively reducing an adult student’s ability to be efficient in their practicing and performing habits.

In music, as in any other endeavor, things are learned one way and applied in another. The first two primary goals of childhood study are to learn the names and position of the notes on ones instrument and to count and play a steady tempo. When first learning to count we learn that the first beat of the bar is termed beat “number one” and all other beats “follow” and are counted from the “first beat” onward as the tempo progresses. Although learning to count this way as a child is an absolute necessity this approach becomes impractical for the adult student. In terms of tension and release analysis, beat “number one” is not the “first beat” of a bar but the “last beat” of the bar. In very real terms we have become conditioned to count tempos and to “hear” the passage of music backwards!

In his book “Forward Motion From Bach To Bebop,” Hal Galper has demonstrated by applying tension and release analysis to rhythm, melody and harmony, how Forward Motion techniques are based on universal laws of music first illuminated by Johann Bach over 200 years ago. These laws, based on the physics of sound and rhythm, apply to all music no matter their genre and/or geographical or temporal placement. Galper demonstrates in clear and easy to understand terms how music is not static but in motion forward towards rhythmic, melodic and harmonic points in the future.

Although containing theory and exercises, “Forward Motion From Bach To Bebop” is more a conceptual book than a music theory or exercise book. The book’s theory, musical examples and exercises are geared to alter a student’s basic perception of rhythm, melody and harmony. Students are then encouraged to use the book as a starting point to create their own exercises, to apply Forward Motion’s techniques to their musical individuality.

It is a truism that all practicing is ear training. A crucial element often ignored in a student’s practicing and performance habits is the way their ears work, the way they “hear.” The ears have their own dynamics, certain things the ears demand in order to function in a natural manner. Forward Motion techniques take into consideration these hearing demands by creating exersices that are natural to the way the ear functions.

Forward Motion assumes that you have been applying outmoded practicing and performing habits long enough so that, when corrected, you immediately recognize their natural appropriateness on an intuitive and emotional level. Hearing in Forward Motion is natural to the ear’s dynamics. Once practiced and learned, you can never return to your previous way of hearing.

The book’s audience is the intermediate and advanced jazz student.

How To Use This E-Book

To view the book on your computer screen you’ll have to install Adobe Reader . Most computers will have the Adobe Reader already installed but if you don’t have it, click here to download the latest version.

Once you have purchased the PDF version of Forward Motion and agreed to the purchase terms, you‘ll automatically be sent to a page with a download link. Click on the appropriate numbered link to download the book. You will be asked to save the file to your computer. IMPORTANT!!  Rename (Save-As) the numbered link as Forward Motion before saving and pay attention to where it is being saved otherwise it may be difficult to find. It is recommended you save it to your desktop.  If you don’t save it you will lose it!  The size of the PDF book file is 3 Mb. Download times may vary according to your line, and modem speed and computer.

The musical examples in Forward Motion are not contained within the PDF file itself. They reside on the Internet and are linked to the book’s musical examples. With the PDF file open the hand curser turns into a pointing finger when held over an example indicating the example is an Internet link. Clicking on the example connects you to that example’s web page on the Internet. The music files are very low memory and load quickly. You’ll see a set of buttons that play, stop, transpose, adjust the volume and tempo, zoom and print the example.

At the top of each example page you’ll see a TOC link. This link takes you to a Table of Contents with a complete list of links for each chapter’s examples. An alternate link to the Tipsheet found on the last page of the book and a Q & A section of frequently asked questions about implementing the concept of Forward Motion is also provided. Because of the dynamic potential of web pages, some of these examples will be periodically updated with additional suggestions and helpful advice. Returning to this page from time to time is recommended.

Now you’re ready to use your copy of Forward Motion.

The E-Book Features

Once the 193 page ebook is downloaded it requires very little computer expertise to use. Just click on any of the 300 play-along exercises to play them in your browser. Unlike mp3’s, the internet exercises are very low memory and quick loading. Myriad has discontinued it’s plug-in and some of the original plug-in features (transposition, changing tempos) but will be added back over time. Please ignore the plug-in download directions in “A Note To The Reader.”

Wherever practical, the exercises have a click track, an automatic scroll bar and are looped to repeat. They are easily printed allowing portability if your instrument isn’t near you computer.
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Forward Motion

From Bach To Bebop

A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing

Only $16.97 USD