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Cantaloupe Island Triad Pair exercises

Unlock Your Improv Potential with the Unique Triad Pairs System on Cantaloupe Island!

Are you ready to take your improvisational skills to a whole new level, to say goodbye to frustration and hello to a trusted, ultra cool, and modern sounding  improv system that will train you to play the correct, “hip” notes notes in your solos?

The challenge Herbie Hancocks seminal masterpiece Cantaloupe Island presents the student of Jazz improvisation is that the three chords (F-7 Db7 and D-7sus4) do not share the same tonal centre (unlike so many Jazz Classic standards)

As such it falls in to the category of Jazz called Modal Jazz.

 This means what works on one chord  harmonically does not work on the next!

Traditional Chord Scale Approaches fail to capture the funky essence of this groovy tune and end up sounding and feeling incongruous, 🍍 like adding pineapple on top of a pizza!

But fear not, there is a solution for you - the Triad Pairs System!

This unique improvisational system involves superimposing pairs of triads (major or minor) over the base chords of Cantaloupe Island , resulting in an evocative blend of exotic sounds, vibrant colours, and unexpected melodic shapes.

It's like painting with sound colours, offering a truly unparalleled musical experience

With the Triad Pairs System, there are no wrong notes. It's all about expressing yourself through a rich palette of sound colours

The Jazzduets Cantaloupe Island  resource (Digital Download)  contains the following files:

 📚  The Digital Pdf (in 4 versions: Concert,  Bb, Eb Sax +  Bass instruments) features :

1) Twenty One Triad Pair exercises:  written to familiarise the player with how the Triads pair system sounds over the Chords of Cantaloupe island. The triad pairs are presented in groups of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 notes. To make matters more interesting the above groups are demonstrated in eighth notes, triplets and sixteenths.

2) Triad Pair demonstration solo: This challenging study solo features 8 choruses of mixed group triad pairs.

3)The triad pair options and feelings. A detailed study graphic of 3 triad pair options to play over each chord of Cantaloupe Island + commentary of how they sound

4) Productive Practice Protocol tips:The idea of the Productive Practice Protocol is to combine various musical disciplines simultaneously, leveraging your practice time.


🎥 The following  6 videos are included:

  1. Triad Pair Combinations - this video that demonstrates the sounds of the triad pairs
  2. Cantaloupe 21 x exercises saxophone demonstration - featuring notation 
  3.  Cantaloupe solo saxophone demonstration fast with on screen notation
  4. Practice Protocol -background and explanation

  5.  Cantaloupe solo saxophone demonstration
  6.  Original Triad pairs on Cantaloupe Island tutorial


🎧  The following  Mp3 practice and play alongs are included:

  1. Cantaloupe 21 exercises saxophone demonstration - 104 bpm 
  2. Cantaloupe  21 exercises synth playalong - 104 bpm 
  3. Cantaloupe 21 exercises backing track -104 bpm 
  4. Cantaloupe  21exercises synth playalong  - 88 bpm 
  5. Cantaloupe  21 exercises backing track slower- 88 bpm 
  6. Cantaloupe  solo saxophone demonstration fast  - 123 bpm 
  7. Cantaloupe  solo backing track fast speed - 123 bpm 
  8. Cantaloupe  solo sax/synth play along 104 bpm

The exercises and solo have been written to provide study material and ultimately inspire you to practice triad pairs with the finality of incorporating this unique system in to your own improvisations

In summary, the Triad Pairs System is an immensely powerful and cutting-edge improvisational tool favoured by leading modern jazz musicians.

(It allows you to create cool and complex soundscapes that will set you apart from the average improvisor!)

✅  The beauty of this system is that once you grasp the concept, you can apply it to virtually any tune, expanding your improvisational toolbox exponentially.

✅  Learning the Triad Pairs System isn't just about technical exercises; it's about real-life, applicable practice material that you can use, develop, and make your own

 This second edition has been lovingly and meticulously reimagined, with more instructions,  new improved exercises, new mp3s in different speeds featuring synth lead play alongs and video demonstrations.

check the video below to hear Jazz duets demonstrating the 8 chorus solo