Improvisation - The Concept Practice Sessions

Practice Session 1: Play the Hank Mobley Transcription

To inform your intuition and develop your musical instincts by playing the transcription and imitating the recording.
Listen to the recording and play the transcription as written.
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Listen to either the source recording of Hank Mobley soloing over his tune "Tenor Conclave” or the introduction this lesson. The transcription of "Tenor Conclave" is taken from Hank Mobley's recording “Tenor Conclave" and is available at and starts at about 0:48, Hank Mobley's first solo chorus.
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As you listen, read along with the music and pay attention to the details of how the right hand notes are played: phrasing, articulation, rhythmic feel and the overall expressive inflection. If you listen to the lesson intro, also note the left hand: how and when the chords are played. Listen for the 4 components of melodic construction as you play them: chord tones, scale passages, arpeggios and approach patterns.
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Play the transcription using the playalong below. Imitate his playing by emulating the elements of his recorded performance that you noted from listening to his solo. The solo is two 32 bar choruses long. Play the solo four times (eight, 32 bar choruses total). To turn the page, swipe (on touchscreen devices) or press the navigation arrows on PCs (hover over the notation to reveal the arrows).
Transcription of Hank Mobley improvising over "Tenor Conclave” from his album of the same name.
Self Assessment
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Record your performance and compare it to the original recording.
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How does your recording compare and contrast with the original recording with respect to phrasing, articulation, rhythmic feel and the overall expressive inflection?
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Record your playing multiple times and listen to them again several days later. Letting time pass between recording the solo and listening to it can give you perspective on your playing that is more objective than when you are in the midst of making the recording.