FORWARD MOTION
by Hal Galper


Subtitled "From Bach To Bebop: A Corrective Approach To Jazz Phrasing", this is a revolutionary breakthrough in jazz education.

  The core of the book is the crucial role that rhythmic phrasing has in creating an authentic "jazz feeling." Hal was the pianist with Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, John Scofield, Chet Baker and many other jazz greats. A master musician as well as educator.


  The only jazz method book to offer an interactive website where you can take each exercise and transpose it, loop it, change the tempo at will, and many other features.


  Hal shows how many people don't swing because they are thinking of the "one" as the start of each phrase, instead of the resolution of phrases - an idea that can radically transform people's ability to play jazz correctly!  


Also complete chapters on:

  • Melody guidetones as the underpinning of successful solos.
  • How to line up the strongest notes of each chord with the strong beats of each measure, another essential idea.
  • Resolving arpeggios so that you create forward motion in your lines.
  • How to correctly use chromatic embellishments to add spice to your solos. And much more!


  • Endorsements


    Some ingenious ideas throughout. Even glancing at this book will generate new ideas for improvisers at any level.”
    — Dave Liebman

    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 for creating their own exercises ...Takes intermediate and advanced improvisers to new heights. And it may very well foreshadow the next generation of jazz methods.”
    — Jazz Education Journal

    Respected pianist and educator Hal Galper has come up with the 'Unified Field Theory' in Music! It is well-written, conversational and easy to understand, avoiding complex 'textbookese'.”
    — Saxophone Journal

    I cannot imagine that 'Forward Motion' would not be considered an essential reference tool to any student, teacher, or performer seriously involved with practicing the fine art of jazz improvisation.”
    — Todd Coolman, author & Director of Jazz Studies at Purchase College (SUNY)

    My critical listening skills have gone through the roof! 'Forward Motion' is undoubtedly the best method for understanding jazz, and arguably music in general, that I have ever experienced.”
    — Darcy Hepner, former Berklee College professor, currently saxophonist with Blood, Sweat & Tears