Jazz Improvisation Techniques



Musicians – playing jazz and other genres – use improvisation to explore their creativity and to generate musical ideas. This course – by the talented jazz artist Gregg Fine – shows how to unleash the power of improvisation in your music!
How do you teach improvisation? Our trainer, Gregg Fine, breaks down the process into an easily learned series of steps based upon understanding music theory, harmony and form. He takes you on a sonic journey explaining the the different jazz formats from standards to bitonality. All along the way he provides a series of practice lessons to make sure that you can easily and quickly follow along.

Throughout this course you learn melodic and chordal techniques you can deploy in your own music. No matter what style of music you play, these concepts will help you take your music to all kinds of unexpected places.

You learn how to build solos based upon structured melodic techniques. You see how to make chordal substitutions to add interest and variety to your progressions. Gregg also explains how to improvise inventive melodies using all kinds of scales and modes to help shape your musical ideas.

Jazz is built upon improvisation. It’s a musical breeding ground where innovative ideas are born. But you don’t have to be a “jazz head” to benefit from concepts explained this course. If you’re a songwriter or even a dance music composer, the techniques that Gregg Fine demystifies will inspire you expand your musical horizons and generate all kinds of new, innovative ideas.

Table of Contents:

1. Intro and Course Overview
2. Playing "Standards"
3. "Standards": Exploring the Song - Part 1
4. "Standards": Exploring the Song - Part 2
5. Common Tones
6. Melody Jazz
7. Chromatic Passing Notes
8. Chromatic Approach Notes
9. Variation and Repetition
10. Call and Response
11. Practice Time: "Standards"
12. Playing Ballads
13. Building a Solo
14. Practice Time: Ballads
15. Playing Bebop
16. Improvising with the Bebop Scale
17. Enclosures
18. Using Altered Notes in a Solo
19. Tritone Substitutions
21. Anticipation
22. Trading Fours
23. Practice Time: Bebop
24. Modal Jazz
25. Modal Jazz: Exploring the Song
26. Using Space
27. Using Motifs
28. Working with Different Scales
29. Improvising with Pentatonics
30. Intervallic Playing
31. Playing "Inside" and "Outside"
32. Chordal Superimposition
33. Practice Time: Modal Jazz
34. Bitonality
35. Bitonal Chords
36. Improvising over Bitonal Chords
37. Practice Time: Bitonality

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