In this lesson Dixon Nacey explains three key approaches to improvising that will help you to boost your soloing ability by Replacing the Minor Pentatonic flat 7 scale degree with a major 6 and also adding in chromatics between the whole tones which is a common approach of John Schofield. Finally he teaches a side stepping technique used in context of Robben Ford a popular blues and jazz player. This is great lesson please enjoy and ask questions!
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.
In this article we look at ‘Phrasing’ a term used to describe the overall feel of the melodic phrases that a soloist uses. Phrases use a combination of musical materials that we can recognize and study, such as scales, arpeggios, bebop language, linear contour and rhythm. [smart_track_player url="https://soundcloud.com/www-jazzguitarlegend-com/jgl-backing-track-billies"]
Please see attached for the PDF transcription of notation and TAB for my version of the melody and an improvised solo to Antonio Carlos Jobim’s great Bossa tune ‘How Insensitive’. In this video I was exploring the use of two simple techniques- one a right hand technique that involved using only the thumb to pluck […]
1. CONCEPT ► 2. METHOD ► 3. PRACTICE ► 4. INTEGRATION + CONSOLIDATION ► 5. EXPRESSION I often find when considering the ways in which we learn how to play jazz, that the notes we choose are not always the most important element of our playing, nor the phrasing or rhythms used. In fact upon […]
Here is part 3 of my studies on Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg. I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions of these two great players and then composed the concepts into my own lines (as written ‘soli’) over newly composed harmonic progressions. The effect that this had on my playing was massive! I […]
Here is part 2 of my studies on Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg. I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions of these two great players and then composed the concepts into my own lines (as written ‘soli’) over newly composed harmonic progressions. The effect that this had on my playing was massive! I […]
Two very important techniques for improvising that can be useful in building dynamic, structure, solo arc, contour and giving ‘breath’ to a solo are ‘SPACE’ and ‘PACING’. Spacing Few students who work on improvising play with space as a big consideration. I think it’s because we get very ‘cerebral’ as jazzers, learning so much about […]
While studying at Auckland University, I studied and transcribed both Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jonathan Kreisberg, two of today’s heaviest modern jazz guitarists. In essence I extracted 8 concepts for improvisation from my transcriptions – not the actual notes these great musicians played in their solos, but the underlying ideas or principles – polyrhythmic groupings, chordal […]
This lesson continues on from the first improvisation video (lesson 15 on static vamping) in our core lesson series – which dealt with methods for learning how to play the basic sounds of one particular scale or grouping of notes. In this video, we deal more specifically with applying themes (that may come from extensive […]