Summertime Improvisation Tutorial
In part 1 of this tutorial, we played through the form with left hand voicings to familiarise ourselves with the melody and chord changes. We then added in some bigger voicings and passing chords to create a fuller and more interesting sounding arrangement.
In part 2 of this tutorial we analyse a section of an improvised solo over the tune ‘Summertime’. We explore how you can use transcription to develop your sense of swing and swing feel.
From just 10 bars of transcribed material, we explore and discuss the following topics:
Starting the line on the & of 3 and accenting the first beat
Incorporating triplets into improvised lines
Improvising with the notes of the blues scale
Infusing the blues scale with other modal scales
Outlining triad shape shapes in improvised lines
Building lines exclusively of chord tones over dominant chords
- Developing a strong swing feel
The lesson downloads for this tutorial include the chord changes and a transcription of the start of the improvised solo. You can also download a midi and audio file of the arrangement.
This lesson has a related transcription exercise which can be found in the PianoGroove forum. Here’s a direct link to the transcription exercise forum thread: https://www.pianogroove.com/community/t/transcription-exercises/147/2