Welcome to episode 150 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about a technique called “enclosure.” Enclosure is a way to conceptualize bebop language, and how jazz musicians approach important chord tones. We learn the basics of enclosure and then apply it over a jazz blues. Listen in!
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When it comes to becoming a great jazz improviser, I think there are two parts of the puzzle to consider:
- Learning it by ear (aka. learning solos, licks…etc)
- Conceptualizing it (music theory, techniques…etc)
Today’s episode focuses on the latter one.
One way to conceptualize bebop language (lots of chromaticism and angular melodies), is through a technique called enclosure.
In this episode, I go over the basics of enclosure, how it works, and then I demonstrate a jazz blues etude that utilizes this technique to the max.
Here’s what I go over in today’s episode:
1. Enclosure 101 (video excerpt)
2. Bebop jazz blues etude using enclosure
I mention in this episode that some visual aids may be helpful. So below I have all of the examples I use, including the jazz blues etude.
Video referenced in the show:
Enclosure 101 examples:
Blues Enclosure Etude:
Etude notation (with enclosures circled)