Joe Pass (Intermediate)

One exercise jazz genius Joe Pass preached as much as he practiced was his famous streaming eighth-notes drill. As sweet as Pass’ moves are in the music below, his example (played over a 12-bar blues cycle in C) is just that—an example.

Your job is to work on your own spontaneous eighth-note flow. “The idea is to develop and improve your melodic sense by eliminating any rhythmic variation,” wrote Pass. “Stay with it and you’re bound to play better melodies.”

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