Four note group

In music, four note group patterns, alternately called "four-note digital patterns"[1] or simply "four note patterns", are one of many ways to formulate improvised solos in jazz. "Four-Note Grouping is an improvisation technique that uses major and minor triads along with specific passing notes as a means of generating lines. The concept of Four-Note Groupings lets the lines be more 'out' and stretch the possibility of available notes over a chord due to the structural integrity of the triad-based line."[2]

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  1. ^ Coker, Jerry. Elements of the Jazz Language for the Developing Improvisor. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Music. p. 8-18.
  2. ^ "Four Note Groupings Part 1", EdSaindon.com (351 KB PDF) - Ed Saindon. Caps in original.
  3. ^ Levine, Mark. The Jazz Theory Book. Petaluma, CA: Sher Music Co. Figure 4-16.
  4. ^ Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 151.
  5. ^ Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane: His Life and Music. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 151. Coltrane chose to construct his solo largely out of four-note patterns that could be easily transposed to fit each chord.

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