Jazz Improvisation

Improvisation is at the heart of jazz performance. Learning to improvise will allow you more freedom to perform jazz as well as other styles of music. Developing your improvisational skills can also help when composing music. 
Modes of the Major Scale - Treble Clef Learning the modes of the major scale creates a solid foundation with which you can start to improvise over standard chord sequences. 21.9 KB
Modes of the Major Scale - Bass Clef Modes of the major scale in bass clef. 21.8 KB
Chord Scale Relationships - Major Scale Learn which modes sound good over different chord types. 34.7 KB
Explaining the Numbering System - Part 1 In jazz, people often refer to chords by a number. Here's a brief explanation of what that means! 33.2 KB
The 2 5 1 Chord Progression This is one of the most common chord progressions in Jazz. It appears in most of the standards that you'll play so it is worth taking the time to learn them well! 32.7 KB
2 5 1 Line in Treble Clef Practise this line in 12 keys and really think about the relationship of the notes to the chord. 46 KB
2 5 1 Line - Bass Clef Practise this line in 12 keys and really think about the relationship of the notes to the chord. 39.3 KB
2 5 1 Line - Treble Clef (2) Another line to play over 2 5 1 chord sequences. 45.6 KB
2 5 1 Line - Bass Clef (2) Another line to play over 2 5 1 chord sequences. 38.7 KB
Minor 2 5 1 Line - Treble Clef Here's a line which works over a minor 2 5 1 chord sequence. 38.8 KB
Minor 2 5 1 Line - Bass Clef Here's a line which works over a minor 2 5 1 chord sequence. 33.6 KB
The Half/Whole Diminished Scale - Part 1 This scale is very important in jazz improvisation. The sound may take a bit of getting used to but when practised, it will become your new best friend! 38.2 KB
The Half/Whole Diminished Scale - Part 2 In this lesson, we start to look for useful patterns in the diminished scale. 35.5 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - Bass Clef Although you wouldn't normally play a solo just using chord tones (the notes that make up the chord) this exercise helps you to describe the harmony of the piece with your solo and helps you to learn your arpeggios. This is just an example...make your own as well! 32.4 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - Treble Clef The chord tone exercise in treble clef. 39.2 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - Not Starting On the Root (Bass Clef) This exercise is similar to the previous one but this time we are avoiding starting each new chord by playing the root note. This helps us to get out of the habit of always starting our lines from the root. 32.5 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - Not Starting On the Root (Treble Clef) The above exercise in treble clef. 39.8 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - 2 5 1 (Bass Clef) Here are examples of soloing using chord tones in 3 keys. Remember to practise this in all 12 keys! 39.8 KB
Soloing Using Chord Tones - 2 5 1 (Treble Clef) Here are examples of soloing using chord tones in 3 keys. Remember to practise this in all 12 keys! 45.5 KB
Improvising With Patterns (Treble Clef) Melodic patterns are very common in jazz improvisation. This example uses the root, 2nd, 3rd and 5th of the chord in various rhythms. Try making up your own! 47.4 KB
Improvising with Patterns (Bass Clef) Melodic patterns are very common in jazz improvisation. This example uses the root, 2nd, 3rd and 5th of the chord in various rhythms. Try making up your own! 40.8 KB
Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale - Treble Clef The melodic minor scale is very important in jazz improvisation. Remember to practise these modes in all 12 keys. 24.8 KB
Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale - Bass Clef The melodic minor scale is very important in jazz improvisation. Remember to practise these modes in all 12 keys. 24.9 KB
Bird Lick 1 - Treble Clef This is a variation on a line famously played by Charlie Parker. The line works over 2 5 1 chord sequences. 40.7 KB
Bird Lick 1 - Bass Clef This is a variation on a line famously played by Charlie Parker. The line works over 2 5 1 chord sequences. 45.7 KB