Jazz Piano School, Ep 26: Beginner Improv Part 2, Connecting Chord Tones

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Beginner Improv Part 2, Connecting Chord Tones

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  • 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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