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Melodic Generic Shapes in Jazz Improv:
A Practice in Discovery

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These melodic shapes are documented and championed by Jerry Bergonzi and others. In this discussion, I'll call them Generic Shapes (GS) .  They are available in a one octave diatonic scale and can be calculated and practised into improvisation over scales/chords and, over tunes. Let's say that a GS will have at least three notes, and in fact can be four notes (quite accessible), five notes and even six notes (not totally impractical). I will outline some thoughts I've had for a number of years on this topic over a series of upcoming blogs. There is a lot of detail and understanding to be discussed so it may take a good number of blogs to cover this. A large part of this will be the discovery and application of possible permutations of the original primary Generic Shapes (GS), followed by permutations of primary GS: Basic Permutation (BP) —(note order change in a GS) Rotations R (inversions of a GS) Staggered Starts of each Rotation (SR) of a GS Five possi