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How to improve your jazz improvisation

The title of this post is the question I constantly seek to answer for players like you: How can you improve your jazz improvisation skills?

I’ve recently released a new tool under my Music Savvy courses that I’m very excited about. It’s one that I think is an excellent balance between ear training and the technical knowledge many players wish to better understand.

The tool is called Groovz Playground. It consists of looped one, two, three, and four chord play-along tracks in a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Soul, Samba, World, Funk, Bossa, and others that are difficult to easily classify.

But more than looped play-along tracks, each of these come with some light theory in four parts:

  1. The chord(s) for the loop
  2. The scales associated with each chord
  3. The single notes that sound good over all chords within the loop. In other words, hold one of those notes over the entire loop and it will work with each chord.
  4. An example phrase that sounds good over the loop. I call that an “Idea Starter” since it is a melodic phrase that will get you sounding good immediately.

Here’s an example of those four parts for one of the loops called Goovy Jazzy:

 

Notation for a Groovz Playground track to improve your jazz improvisation

For the above illustration, the loop is alternating between Bb7 and Ab7. Notice the five notes under “Common Tones.” Each of those sounds good over both chords, and I’ve ordered them in somewhat of a priority of how solid they sound over both those chords. For example, that last D is the third of the Bb7 which is solid but is the #11 of the Ab7. A nice color note but not as solid in the harmony as the previous notes in the sequence, so I’ve prioritized it last.

Consider Groovz Playground to be training for both ear and mind. There is just the right balance between theory and audio to improve your jazz improvisation. 

Use your analytical mind to understand the theoretical basis for the track and then stop thinking about it and simply listen to the track and yourself as you play.

Here is the introduction video that will give you a thorough explanation of Groovz Playground…

 

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