Use jazz harmony to play more intelligent, imaginative, and creative solos.
Recognize appropriate note choices and alternatives, whether improvising over easy or complex harmonic progressions. See analysis and melodies created using each concept, “bringing the blackboard to the fretboard.” Traditional notation and tab included.
You will learn to:
- Improvise using a rich harmonic palette, over many types of chord changes
- Enrich your harmonic context for improvisation using characteristic diatonic substitutions and upper-structure triads
- Reharmonize melodies using diatonic, hybrid, and polychord voicings
- Use other non-diatonic chords, such as altered, bII7, and diminished chords
- Use parallel modes and dominant substitution as sources for new harmonic colors
- Explore a variety of scale types, including minor scales, symmetrical-diminished scales, and ways of finding new harmonies, such as four-tonic systems
- Create expressive solos with all these tools, applying these rich harmonic contexts within a framework of traditional counterpoint and compositional practice