Jazz information has always gone about jazz piano improvisation as if it is some trip to outer space. 

Well, I couldn’t disagree more! You just have to explore yourself in order to find out how to improvise.  

In the beginning, jazz improvisation is definitely a step-by-step process. 

In this episode we move on to step number 2, connecting the chord tones with notes from the major scale.

Beginning Improv Part 2: Connecting Chord Tones

  • 1. Practice connecting the chord tones with the three non chord tones from the major scale.
  • 2. If you are in the key of C playing over a Cmaj7, your three connecting notes are D, F, and A.
  • 3. Practice landing on chord tones on beat 1 of every measure.
  • 4. Practice landing on chord tones of beat 1 and 3 of every measure.
  • 5. Finally practice landing on chord tones for beats 1,2,3,4 and use the non-chord tones to connect your chord tone beats.

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