Charlie Parker’s Use of 8ve Displacement – Part 1

by | Charlie Parker, Jazz Improvisation

Charlie Parker​It is a known fact that if you want to master jazz improvisation you must first study the bebop idiom which is at the core of modern jazz. And to do so, you won’t find a better source than the music of one of its most celebrated pioneers, the one and only Charlie Parker!

Although, lessons abound on his use of scales, arpeggios and harmony in general, there is one aspect of his characteristic melodic style that is seldom mentioned. And with that in mind in this video I bring you the first lesson in a 2-Part series on Charlie Parker’s extensive use of…. 8ve displacement! In Part , I explain melodic 8ve displacement and demonstrate different ways in which Bird used this technique within his lines. In Part 2, I show you step by step, how you too can apply all of these concepts to create your own solo over a well known standard.


The “Charlie Parker’s Use of 8ve Displacement” Files for Parts 1 & 2, can be downloaded for $10.00. Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes:  10 page PDF featuring regular notation and TAB of all examples and the “All The Things You Are” solos, MP3 of all the examples and solos, and a Band In A Box file which you can use to practice the solos if you have the software.

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  1. David Wilkes

    Yea–this is pretty cool. I was just playing Blue Bossa and noticed that’s what it is.. All octave displacement.

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