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This week's Modern Jazz line marks the final lesson in my I-VI-ii-V series. You might recall that in Modern Jazz Line #20 I wrote out multiple lines to show the "evolution" of particular jazz line. I wanted to do something similar with this lesson so I decided to take a page from the Lee Konitz play book.
I loosely based the 10 step method shown below on Lee Konitz's 10 Steps to Improvisation, an article I discovered when studying the music of Lennie Tristano. The idea is to take something very simple and be able to mold it in a multitude of ways until you have something completely unique. The eventual goal is to be able to achieve this level of creativity on a completely spontaneous level while improvising. A goal worthy of an improvisor on any level!
Sheet Music: Modern-Jazz-Line-30-Building-a-Modern-Jazz-Line-Lee-Konitz-Method
You can find my complete collection of previous Modern Jazz Line "How to Improvise" playlists below. You may want to review these lessons before continuing with the series. They will give you an excellent introduction to voicing and improvising over the ii-V-I progression.
Modern Jazz Line #1-10 - The "ii-V-I" Progression
Video Jazz Piano Lesson Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (1-10)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #1-10
Modern Jazz Line #11-20 - The Tri-Tone Substitution
Video Jazz Piano Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (11-20)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #11-20