Have you every wanted to break out of playing the same old linear shapes when you improvise? Then this lesson is for you! In this lesson Dixon will break down in detail how to use mapping and mini shapes as a framework for more effective improvisation. When you practice these techniques they will enable you to play with more confidence, originality and style.
Now we examine the harmony of the Harmonic Minor scale using tertian steps (3rd intervals – i.e. play a note, skip a note) from this diatonic system to create a 7th arpeggio in its root position. We then complete the octave step and begin the arpeggio from its second octave position which eventually completes the […]
In this lesson, the third in our series of ‘Chord Compendiums’ we examine the Suspended Chord with common sus4, sus7, sus9, 11, 11(b9) and sus13(b9) voicing. FINGERING: In terms of fingering, I will occasionally use my neck-hand thumb to play lower notes (most often the root) in order to free up the neck-hand fingers to […]
The Line Again with the STRONG TONES – STRONG BEATS formula – lots of accenting, stressing and placing- on the-beat of our guide tones – the 3 and 7 – and also the tonic and perfect 5th tones. Also in this lesson we focus on line extension – lengthening our phrases with consecutive 8th notes […]
Introduction Why did we choose this as our first JGL Jazz Standard? A few reasons – it was the most commonly asked for standard in recent surveys, it was the 2nd jazz tune I learned at school (‘Sugar’, a minor- blues tune, was the first!), it is easy to learn the melody and chords and […]
Guide tones are a jazz accompanist’s best friend – they give just enough of an idea of how a chord (or progression) sounds to the soloist / melodic instrument by outlining the basic 7th chord structure in this manner: See below for basic guide tone voicings in two positions (roots 5 and 6) While these are […]