Friday, August 29, 2014

Exercise #4: Descending Chromatic Embellishments over ii-V (Jazz Piano Lesson)

In this jazz improvisation exercise we continue to look at chromatic embellishments of the ii-V progression.  This time we will play and sing through descending half-step embellishments of the ii-V starting on the root of each chord.  In future exercises we will begin to look at how to apply what we've learned to the Jazz Blues progression.

Keep in mind, these exercises are not exclusive to jazz pianists.  All instrumentalists, even advanced ones, can reap the benefits of singing and playing through these improvisation exercises.  Remember to sing accurately and slowly through all keys.  Rushing through each exercise will only add frustration when you are trying apply these concepts later on.

A preview of the the 10-part .pdf download can be viewed here: Chord Tone Improvisation Part 1: Chromatic Embelishments (via Scribd.com).  A download is available be clicking the "Add to Cart" button under the top right hand sidebar.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Exercise #3: Ascending Chromatic Embellishments over ii-V (Jazz Piano Lesson)

In this jazz improvisation exercise we will begin to add context to our chromatic triad embellishments. In the video jazz piano lesson below we will play and sing through ii-V progression in all 12 keys.  In future exercises we will begin to look at how to apply what we've learned to the Jazz Blues progression.

Keep in mind, these exercises are not exclusive to jazz pianists.  All instrumentalists, even advanced ones, can reap the benefits of singing and playing through these improvisation exercises.  Remember to sing accurately and slowly through all keys.  Rushing through each exercise will only add frustration when you are trying apply these concepts later on.

A preview of the the 10-part .pdf download can be viewed here: Chord Tone Improvisation Part 1: Chromatic Embelishments (via Scribd.com).  A download is available be clicking the "Add to Cart" button under the top right hand sidebar.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Exercise #2: Descending Chromatic. Jazz Improvisation Lesson (Jazz Piano)

In this video lesson we will take a look at Exercise #2 from my 10-part jazz improvisation book on basic chromatic embellishment.  Take a look at last week's post to find out the contents of the .pdf lessons and how to download them.

This exercise takes us through descending chromatic embellishments of all Major/minor triads through all 12 keys.  Remember to practice each exercise very slowly.  It's more about hearing each pitch accurately than playing through the exercises quickly.  Speed will come with time (and with context!).

A preview of the the 10-part .pdf download can be viewed here: Chord Tone Improvisation Part 1: Chromatic Embelishments (via Scribd.com).  A download is available be clicking the "Add to Cart" button under the top right hand sidebar.

Thanks for watching and please let me know if you have any questions about the exercises.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Jazz Improvisation E-Book. Exercise #1 (Jazz Piano)

Embellishing basic triads and seventh chords is the foundation for all Bebop and modern jazz playing.   In this new series of 10-part lessons we will look at basic/advanced chromatic embellishment of these chords.  Dedicated practice of these exercises will greatly improve your ability to hear and improvise creative melodies.



Over the next couple of weeks we will cover the following topics in jazz improvisation.

1) Ascending Chromatic Embellishment
2) Descending Chromatic Embellishment
3) Ascending Chromatic ii-V
4) Descending Chromatic ii-V
5) Cycle Practice
6) The Jazz Blues Form
7) Ascending Chromatic over Jazz Blues
8) Descending Chromatic over Jazz Blues
9) Non-Root Chromatics
10) Endless Eighth Notes

Part one of these jazz lessons can be viewed below.  A preview of the lesson is available HERE (via Scribd.com).  To purchase and download the complete 10-part jazz lesson click here or click the appropriate "add to cart button" on the Sheet Music Downloads sidebar.


I hope you enjoy playing through the exercises over the next couple of weeks.  As always, let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below or on the YouTube page.  Thanks for watching!



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