Chord Tones: Targeting The 7th
In the previous lesson we explored a number or drills which targeted the 3rd of each chord in the A Section of the tune “Misty”. In this lesson we will repeat the same drills but this time targeting the 7th of each chord.
The 3rds and 7ths are the most important tones which define the harmony and so when we target these notes from a melodic standpoint it keeps our improvised melodies in sync with the underlying harmony.
Later in this course we will repeat these exercises for other tones such as the chord extensions and chord alterations. For now we will focus on the 3rds and 7ths as these tones are the foundation of the harmony.
Diatonic & Chromatic Approach Patterns
Just like the last lesson we will create diatonic and chromatic approach patterns to help us to visualise the 7th as a strong landing point that we can use when improvising.
- Approach from above diatonically (2 scale degrees)
- Approach from above chromatically (2 half steps)
- Approach from below diatonically (2 scale degrees)
- Approach from below chromatically (2 half steps)
- Enclosure around the 7th
What we have covered in these first 2 lessons will create strong foundations for exploring the upcoming improvisational concepts and principles.
In the next lessons we will discover how the original melody can be used as inspiration for our solos and we will start to incorporate arpeggio runs and patterns which are an important component of cocktail piano improvisation technique.
Targeting The 7ths Notation File Type: pdf