Ornette Coleman was known for inventing “free jazz,” a completely spontaneous approach to improvising in a jazz style. He also wrote some unique compositions, including this 12-bar blues titled “Turnaround.” These chord changes come from the last 4 measures of the blues, and move chromatically in half and whole steps. CLICK HERE FOR THE NOTATION […]
The 3-6-2-5 chord progression is integral to playing jazz standards and improvising. When things begin to seem repetitive or too familiar, you can spice up the progression by adding alternate chord changes. This chord progression from Tadd Dameron’s standard tune “Ladybird” uses alternate chords a tritone away from the original roots of the 3-6-2-5, resulting […]
Here’s a fun diminished voicing movement you can do up and down or any direction you wish. These voicings are using all notes from the whole half scale. Love these!
This is a simple pattern using the C whole half scale starting in the 7th. Depending upon where the Co7 resolves to is where you would end your line. Don’t be scared of diminished chords, they’re pretty too!
Diminished chords seem to stump a lot of students. This week all be adding a lot of excellent sounding lines you can play over a diminished chord that are simple as well. Enjoy!
Here is a classic approach you’ll hear on a lot of solos. Very nice to have in your bag and very easy to learn! Enjoy!
Here is a more modern sounding line to use and integrate. This is a great one because you can take this pattern and use the same movements over other chords or starting areas. For example start the pattern on the note D or C. Finally got my keyboard set up after moving. New office and […]
Easy minor 7th line here starting on the 9 and moving up chord tones back until you reach the 9. From there you can go a number of different ways. Enjoy!
This dominant line includes the #11 in the line which makes for a nice color. It eventually resolved down to the fifth in some what of a delayed resolution. Experiment with adding the #11 in to your dominant lines in various ways.