Jazz Improvisation Techniques – Simple Scale Hacks

https://www.freejazzlessons.com/jazz-… Would you like to learn some jazz improvisation techniques? This brand new video tutorial will help. Make sure you visit the url  to get the full lesson and learn more jazz improvisation techniques. If you want to become great at jazz improvisation it’s essential that you learn how to improvise over common chord progressions.

That’s why having jazz improvisation techniques you can rely on and you have mastered is absolutely essential. In this jazz improvisation techniques video we look at the most common jazz chord progression, the ii V I chord progression.

Since the 2 5 1 occurs in a million different jazz standards it’s essential that you have a variety of different jazz improvisation techniques to play over it. Some people ask why they can’t do the same 1 or 2 jazz improvisation techniques every time there’s a tune or a 2 5 1 chord progression.

If you only play the same scales, licks, or riffs every time that chord progression comes up, your audience will get bored very quickly. Heck, you’ll even get bored with your own playing too. That’s why it’s essentially that you have many jazz improvisation techniques.

In this jazz piano lesson we explore 3 different jazz scales. These scales are the dorian mode, the mixolydian mode, and the altered scale. The music theory for the dorian mode is 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7. The music theory for the mixolydian mode is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7 The music theory for the altered scale is 1, b9, #9, 3, #11, b13, b7. Beginner jazz improvisation usually involves just playing simple modes and scales like dorian, mixolydian, and the major scale.

You can make some pretty melodies with these scales but things get a lot more interesting when you use more modern sounding jazz scales. The altered scale definitely falls into that category. That’s why I like to use it as a substitution when improvising over a 2 5 1 chord progression.

All you have to do is change the 2 chord (or really any minor chord) into a dominant chord. Then, the altered scale works really well. As far as jazz improvisation techniques, this isn’t the craziest move out there but it’s unusual enough that it draws the listeners ear and gives your playing a lot of variety. Every once in awhile you can throw this scale in just to spice things up.

Variety of course is the spice of life. And really at the end of the day, you do want your music to sound cool, fun, and interesting right? By the way, I’m using some other jazz improvisation techniques throughout the video.

For example, I’m using arpeggiation, chromatic enclosure patterns, swing feel, and resolution into extensions of the chord. For example, on the major chord I resolve to the 9th of the chord and the 3rd of the chord too. Players like Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Thelonious Monk, and many other greats use this sound in their playing.

If you’re struggling to make music with jazz scales and want to learn how great jazz musicians really improvise we’ve got you covered. We have a whole step by step course on the topic. It’s called the Jazz Improvisation Super System. You can check out the whole course belowIf you found this video helpful please press like, share, and subscribe to the channel. Please leave a comment on the video too. Happy practicing. Enjoy this cool scale technique and i’ll see you at Freejazzlessons.com

The Secret To Learning The Altered Scale Fast

jazz improvisation techniquesSo, what’s the secret to learning the altered scale? It’s the melodic minor scale.

How so? The altered scale is actually the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale.

The next question is how do we use the melodic minor scale to play an altered scale?

All you have to do is start your melodic minor on its last note and you already have an altered scale.

For example, if you have a G7 chord and you want to play an altered scale over that, just play an Ab melodic minor scale. However, emphasize the note G.

Let’s write down the scale to see what I mean. Look at the notes of the Ab melodic minor scale:

Ab – Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F – G

To convert your Ab melodic minor scale to a G altered scale, all you have to do is start the same set of notes on G:

G – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F

As you’ve just seen, if you can play any melodic minor scale, you can play any altered scale over matching dominant 7th chords.

Using this simple scale hack will expand your jazz improvisation techniques.

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