A couple of years ago I began to shift away from using the word “solo” with many of my jazz students. This was especially the case for beginning improvisers or the ones who were preoccupied with the chord progressions or playing a barrage of disconnected patterns or licks. Many of them started to sound way better in a very short amount of time.
Here is part two of the Circle of 5ths series. This one talks about improvising our own melodies…
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This gets pretty heavy into the circle of fifths. I imagine you can work on bits and pieces of this over quite a long time if this is new to you:
Beginning Improvisation Lesson: Adding Chords Part 1 Tips on adding extra chords to a standard melody
This lesson works through how to add chords to a melody using the circle of fifths or V-of concepts. This is useful for improvising. But it’s also great for performing classical, popular and jazz styles.
There is a lot of info here so take your time and allow it to find it’s place:
Phrasing often gets overlooked when we learn to improvise. This video covers the basics of phrasing on Twinkle, Twinkle and the opening passage of a Mozart Sonata. There are a few splices in the video as the camera kept shutting off – I’m still learning to use the new gear! I hope you enjoy it.
Here are some tips for those of you who want to try your own improv at the end of Amber Blue. You can listen to a recording and download the free sheet music by clicking here.
Cadences and Improvisation This video walks you through ways to improvise and learn cadences in the same process
Learning cadences and voice leading are important aspects of playing music. We can also improvise to learn or reinforce these concepts. This video works through a process on how to do this.
This video is a demonstration of how we can start to improvise from the early stages of playing music. It’s also a good point of entry for people who already have playing experience but would like to start improvising.
For more background, this post may be helpful.