Approach Patterns & Target Notes
In this lesson we look at the tune ‘Alone Together’ to demonstrate some important improvisational concepts.
The concepts we’ll be focusing on are target notes, approach patterns and chromaticism. Understanding these principles will add structure to your lines and will help you solos sound more interesting and professional.
Alone Together was originally written as a ballad but we’re going to play the tune at a medium tempo of around 120bpm.
The tune itself contains a lot of altered harmony with 251s in a number of minor keys. We’re going to focus on building lines containing altered tones, which then resolve into more consonant and stable-sounding chord tones.
I’ll start of by playing through the form with a mixture of left hand voicings and 2 handed voicings and then we’ll jump straight into improvising over the chord changes.
“Alone Together” Improvisation File Type: pdf