Jazz Guitar Improvisation in
Guitar Improvisation System
that, with a concise fret board diagram & without naming a
note, provides a network of options through a musical structure
that outlines the limits of Classical Jazz Harmony in Major.
Arranged for fret board convenience for an acoustic solo chord
instructions for use of the diagrams you see at the left for
this improvisation style online.
This is a
formula that delivers jazz guitar improvisation skills through
the practice of just a few mental and physical exercises. The
countless variations of circles of 5ths that result from the
application of the simple logic described ahead facilitates
improvisation far more readily than common linear styles of
learning. The use of a musical formula designed specifically for
the guitar rather than any number of isolated chord progressions
opens the door to this improvisation
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WITH THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE MAY FIND THE DEPICTION OF THE
NUMERICAL CORRELATION OF THESE DIAGRAMS TO CLASSICAL JAZZ
HARMONY IN MAJOR TO BE QUITE FAMILIAR AS IT IS CHARTED FOR
THE FRET BOARD UNDER THE
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The following improvisation / composition method adheres to
the essentials of classical jazz harmony while accessing a
broad harmonic perspective. More than an isolated chord
progression or map of a single key, it is harmony based on the
circle of 5ths in motion. Knowledge of music theory or the
ability to read music are UNNECESSARY to improvise with this
system. The chordal style described is free improvisation in
nature, like many instrumental breaks in modern jazz or in
free form acoustic jazz. It is jazz that emphasizes upper
chord tensions, the notes in jazz harmony that distinguish it
from conventional harmony.
Knowledge of this system does not make a master of all forms
of jazz and isn't intended as a technique for improvisation
with a jazz combo though the information here may certainly be
of interest and useful to guitarists involved with a combo
style, however, the relatively simple instructions offered
facilitate IMPROVISATION THROUGH A NETWORK OF OPTIONS THAT
SPANS THE LIMITS OF CLASSICAL JAZZ HARMONY IN MAJOR with
generous CHORD SUBSTITUTION OPTIONS through CIRCLES OF 5ths,
with LINE PROGRESSION & MELODIC POTENTIAL automatically.
This system's suggested chord options can be organized as
cadences for composition as described in the instructions. A
useful section is offered for novices; however the primary
intention of this presentation is it's function as an aid to
improvisation and composition for intermediate guitarists.
Questions, comments, criticisms? Contact author
Meter & Key Changes occur freely so please understand that
it is not likely that this improvisation will resemble big
band, ragtime, or dixie style jazz. Rhythmic variation is left
to the ear, mood, ability and discretion of the musician. The
chord structures most readily lend themselves to
FINGER-PICKING techniques. Beginning fingerpicking
patterns are suggested in the help area.
Built into the logic that is
applied to these diagrams is a broad harmonic base for
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FOLLOWING DESCRIBED HEADINGS:
guitar improvisation INTERMEDIATE APPROACH
Guitarists who have knowledge and
some fluency with perhaps, rambling through at least a few
basic chords, scales, or modes. Even those with a fair
intellectual understanding of jazz theory but who, for
whatever reason, have not taken the step toward applying it to
the guitar fret board: Begin here. Also, those with some
knowledge and experience with chordal improvisation in the
jazz vein may find the system structure to be of interest.
The basic description of the use of
the system diagrams are meant to be complete, however, here
are some itemized ideas that relate to or are a repetition of
the basic instructions. Some items may trigger a bit more
understanding of elements of learning you are facing.
guitar system harmony THEORY
This is also a "concise" chart that
puts the numbers in perspective for jazz harmony theorists.
Experienced jazz players should find this correlation to a
format that they're familiar with something of a relief from
To address difficulties with left
hand fingering, here are suggested specifications for guitar
action. Measurements described here are estimates. They refer
to an average acoustic steel string. Nylon string guitars and
electric guitars usually don't present any problems with
difficult fingerings. Electric guitar action should be closer
than that of an acoustic steel string.
guitar improvisation SYSTEM BACKGROUND &
This fret board system allows
improvisation without knowledge of the theory that's touched
on here. For technicians though, the author's
"original" slant on the application of jazz harmony
to the guitar fret board is described. Others may also find
incites into the workings of the guitar fret board.
Jazz Guitar Improvisation
in ONE Lesson!