Updated Sep. 5, 2021.
VIDEO LESSON ~~ JAZZ IMPROV TUTORIAL ~~ JAZZ EXERCISES
The jazz ‘drill’ in this video is demonstrated on a keyboard, but–of course–it can be applied and practiced on any other instrument, or voice.
This is a chord-based pattern that we will use and adapt for these standard chords: Major, Maj7, Minor, Min-7, Dominant-7….Actually, this concept can applied to any pre-determined chord, such as a diminished or an augmented chord.
Mastery of patterns/concepts like these
- Can add fresh interest to your improvised lines, by sometimes preceding the “target tone(s)” of a chord with “approach tones.”
- Will increase your mastery of any given scale, especially as it relates to the underlying chords.
As a result, the repeated act of mindfully (and not mindlessly) practicing this drill can increase your general facility with approach tones, as well as give you (possibly new) theoretical insights regarding chord-scale relationships.