Understanding Forward Motion Official Website for Harold “Hal” Galper, reknowned jazz pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and writer. 27 Jan Hal Galper-Forward Motion. I bought this book last week and started working through some of the ideas and it seems to be a pretty interesting. 14 Sep From Bach To Bebop A corrective approach to Jazz phrasing. I’m just getting into it on page 34 right now. This is already influencing how I.

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How To Practice Forward Motion debunks mechanical “repetition” as an outmoded practicing process. Adding Additional Halfsteps to a Scale.

Therefore, effective musical statements tend to resolve at the 1 – 1 is the END of phrase. There are concrete reasons why some music sounds better than others. I get motiob those notes work I realize the guy is light years ahead of me Then goes and plays the Eb over the G7b9 chord. In a Bach theme everything surges forward to a principal accent.

He talks alot about the importance of choosing what and where to forwwrd chord tones vs passing tones on strong and weak beats among many, many other things Harmonic Forward Motion details the advanced technique of spelling out chord changes in advance of where they are written and how to make them work within a solo line.


Analysis of Inner Target Note Melody. These laws are immutable and as applicable gaalper Bach’s time as in ours.

To support this, he shows examples of a Bach piece and cites the work of some scholar that studied Bach. The same notes can sound square or swinging, depending on how the music is phrased.

I thought he was using this as an example of playing chord tones on these chords to build a forard of guide tone melody In this book, master pianist Hal Galper also shows how get that feeling of forward motion and also how to use melody guide tones correctly, how to line up the strong beat in a bar with the strongest chord notes, and much more!

Yes every note is a chord tone of some chord but the point is that it is where motiob line resolves to is what your ear will lock unto into. The strong beats are on the 1 and 3 which are the targets of phrases. We count first beat of the bar as “one. FM fprward also based upon the physiology of how the ear functions, another universal.

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Anyone digging into this book? Hal Galper Forward Motion Book

As most problems with playing music are perceptual in nature, to change the way you play you have to change the way you think. I’m trying to go through it piece by piece Appoggiaturas and Forward Motion shows how chromatic embellishments can be synchronized to spell out chord changes.


The mind mltion logic and rejects chaos. FM is based on the laws of the physics of sound and rhythm.

Understanding Forward Motion | Hal Galper

Resolving Arpeggios and Creating Pickups. My Scrap Book Photo Gallery. Sep 16, 9. In particular, beat 1 of a measure is the most stable, most ‘resolved’ moment in a measure of music.

On page of the same volume referring to Rudolf Westphal’s metrical study of the fugues in Bach’s Well-tempered Clavichord “…he proves again and again that those who regard the bar-lines in Bach’s music as the borders of the rhythmic factors are bound to play him unrhythmically.

I have a question for you harmony masters Their purpose was to show how melodies work as well as offering a way of practicing scales more in the manner they are used than in the way they were originally learned. This is already influencing how I think, listen yalper play That is basically my poor explanation of what the Forward Motion book gets into.