Improvising Over This Masquerade
In this lesson we discuss some general improvisation concepts that can be applied to This Masquerade and also any other jazz standards you are working on.
Always remember that your solos do not need to start of complicated. It’s nice to play simple melodic idea to start your solo and then state the same idea again to develop a motive.
Rhythm and syncopation are two of the most important components of jazz. Starting your phrases off the beat and anticipating the changes gives the your solo a sense of forward motion.
Try harmonising a scale into triads, then break up the triads into arpeggios and incorporate fragments of the scale into your improvised lines.
Understand that you will make mistakes. Even professionals make mistakes. The key is learning how to deal with them. When your ears tell you that you have played a note that doesn’t sound good, treat it as a chromatic approach tone. Usually, the note on either side of the note you played will sound good, if not great!
One of the problems with the blues scale is that when starting out with improvisation, students tend to get stuck playing the blues and never deviate out of it of the scale. The key to avoiding this is to play fragments of the blues scale intertwined with notes from other modal scales that relate to the chord you are playing over.