Locked Hands Improvisation
In this lesson we explore a number of important improvisation concepts.
Using the tune ‘Alone Together’ we start by using the blues scale to create improvised runs and fills. The tune is written in the key of D Minor and so the D Blues is an obvious choice of scale. However, we can also use the ‘neighbour’ blues scale of G Minor and A Minor.
In the bridge of the tune we discuss modal theory and how we can harmonise these modal scale using thirds. We also touch upon the Half Whole Diminished Scale and how this can be used to improvise over minor 251 progressions.
The final section of the tutorial introduces the ‘locked hands’ comping technique. This style involves playing left hand voicings simultaneously with an improvised line in the right hand. It is a useful comping device to add energy and drive to a performance.
Lisen to the jazz masters play locked hands style.
Bill Evans was exceptionally talented at the locked hands technique.
Also check out Wynton Kelly and Red Garland.
Play along with the records to truly abosorb the feel and syncopation.
Use transcription software such as Transcribe to slow down the performance.