Approach Patterns & Enclosures Tutorial
Now we are going to combine out knowledge of chord tone soloing with chromatic approach patterns, enclosures and non-diatonic passing tones.
This is where things will start to sound more like real jazz. I hope you have not skipped the chord tone soloing exercises because being able to visualize those tones allows you to identify the options you have available in terms of approach patterns and enclosures.
What Are Approach Patterns and Enclosures?
As we have discussed in previous lessons, the primary chord tones are very stable and consonant sounding tones. When you transition from chord to chord, if you target these tones, it will make your lines sound structured, purposeful and also in sync with the underlying harmony.
Approach patterns and enclosure can be used to enhance this. Chromatic approach patterns are particularly useful.
In the next lesson we are going to continue this type of study but focus on non-diatonic passing tones and chromaticism. You can then use this information to make more informed decisions when improvising.