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To make our solos sound good, we need to be able to connect the chord changes smoothly in our right hand. 

This means hitting chord tones on down beats without having to think about it. 

The ability to play these chord tones on downbeats, as the chords are changing, will allow our solos to reflect the harmonies perfectly. 

We want to practice this very slowly at first until we build up our spontaneous flow. 

This is not something you will be able to go fast with. If you do you, will hinder your learning of this skill set.

The Big Bullet Points

  • 1. Practice connecting your chord tones slowly through 2-5-1’s. (Use Exercise #1 continuous eighth notes.).
  • 2. Practice connecting chord tones slowly through 2-5-1’s with your own spacing and rhythms. (Use Exercise #2).
  • 3. Practice your 2-5-1’s through out all the keys and in all tempos.

Connecting Chord Changes in Your Solo

Jazz Piano School, Ep 27 : Connecting Chord Changes In Your Solo

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Brenden Lowe

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2 Responses

  1. I love your teaching style. I have been trying to learn these concepts for years and no one has really
    explained them so straightforwardly. The true test for me will be whether I can now implement your
    suggestions into practice and overcome the improvisation barrier that has eluded me.

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