Improvising Over Blue in Green
This is a follow up to the first Blue In Green Tutorial Lesson. Watch this lesson first to become familiar with the form and chord changes.
When first starting out improvising, there is the temptation to always be playing. However, if you listen to the masters of jazz you will hear that rests and silence take up a considerable amount of there solo and allow them to take a breather to connect phrases and ideas.
In this lesson we explore a number of general improv concepts that can be applied to any jazz standard:
- Extending arpeggios up the scale or mode
- Altered arpeggio shapes over dominant chords
- Approach patterns
- Chord tone soloing
- Note selection… choosing long notes carefully
It’s important to memorise the chord changes before attempting to improvise. You do not want to be looking to the lead sheet whatsoever when trying to as this will consume some of your concentration and make the process of improvising even more difficult.
A great place to start is to use the iReal Pro app and just play left hand voicings until you have committed the voicings to your muscle memory. Blue in Green has a relatively short simply form so there are not a huge amount of voicings to remember.