As a new jazz player, it can be tempting to want to jump into Giant Steps, a pillar of jazz music, and expect to be just fine! However, Coltrane changes are challenging if don't know how to approach them.
In this podcast, I give you a crash course on Coltrane changes including the context behind them and how to practice them!
Let's face it. You'll never be at a jazz jam session without someone calling a tune with a few (or a lot) of ii-V-Is in it. Would it even be a jazz jam session if they didn't? And, there's a good chance that tune might even be Solar!
On that tune, you'll take one or two choruses improvising, probably. You've got a few licks under your belt. No problem!
But then, the tunes keep coming, and with them the ii-V-Is. Soon, everyone there knows your complete bag of tricks for ii-V-Is and you're out of fresh vocabulary.
That's why it's important to expand your vocab as much as possible and know at least a few different approaches to improvising over the most common chord progression in jazz.
Understanding of chromaticism is one of the core parts of making your playing sound more sophisticated and deliberate. It's what will help you move away from playing with bland-sounding scales and add spicy accidentals. We'll tackle different scale exercises, take a look at the bebop scale, the Banacos approach, and more!
7 Tips to Think and Play Chromatically | Jazz Guitar Lesson - YouTube
It can be tough when you're out at a gig or jam session and someone calls a tune... and wait! It's a singer, and they need you to accompany them in a different key. The chords start flying around in your head as you fumble to think of how you're gonna move that tune from A flat major to D major.
Here's the podcast to explain how you can number chords in a tune to transpose on the fly, with All the Things You Are as an example.