First Steps To Jazz Improvisation

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Choose the play along that matches your instrument. Violin, flute, piano, guitar for example are C instrument.  Tenor sax, trumpet and clarinet are Bb.  Alto and baritone saxes are Eb.

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Wav  files:

Page Song Name Description Tempo BPM C Instrument Bb Instrument Eb Instrument
9 Exercise 12 Major Chords 60

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15 Exercise 12B Dominant 7 Chords 60

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21 Exercise 12C Minor Chords 60

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28 Example 1 Triads C & G 80

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28 Example 2 Extended Chords 80

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28 Example 3 C6-Em7-G7-C6 80

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28 Example 4 C6-Dm7-G7-C6 80

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29 Example 5 C7-F7-G7-C7 80

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29 Example 6 C7-G7-F7-C7 80

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29 Example 7 C6-Em7-Am7-Dm7-G7-C6 80

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Exercise 1 are the chords you need to practice this progression.  The rest of the examples are demonstrations of the exercises using the chord progression given in "Exercise 1."
33 Exercise 1 CMaj7-Emin7-Dmin7-G7 60

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33 Example 1 Roots of Chords 60

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33 Example 2 Whole Notes Only 60

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33 Example 3 Whole Notes Only 60

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34 Example 4 Half Notes Only 60

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34 Example 5 Quarter Notes Only 60

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34 Demo Eight Notes 60

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34 Demo Sixteenth Notes 60

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Example 1 is for demonstration purposes only.  Play along with exercises 1 -12.  Be sure to pick the play along for your instrument.
Page Song Name Description Tempo BPM

C Instrument

Bb Instrument

Eb Instrument

35 Example 1 Using Quarter Notes Only 60

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36 Exercise 1 F-C7-F 60

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36 Exercise 2 BbMaj7-F7-Bb 60

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36 Exercise 3 C6-G7-CMaj7 60

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36 Exercise 4 Fmin7-Bb7-EbMaj7-EbMaj7 60

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37 Exercise 5 Gmin7-C7-F-Fmaj7 60

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37 Exercise 6 C7-Bb7-F7-F7 60

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37 Exercise 7 G7-D7-C7-G7 60

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37 Exercise 8 Bb7-C7-F7-F7 60

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38 Exercise 9 Amin7-Dmin7-Gmin7-C7-FMaj6 60

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38 Exercise 10 F#min-Bmin7-Emin7-A7-DMaj7 60

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38 Exercise 11 Cmin7-Fmin7-Bbmin-Eb7-AbMaj 60

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38 Exercise 12 A7-D7-G7-C7-FMaj7 60

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In the first box below are the chords you need to practice the progression.  The rest of the examples are demonstrations of the exercises using the chord progression on pages 42 -43.
42 Progression CMaj7-Emin7-Dmin7-G7 60

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42 Example 1 Roots of Chords 60

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42 Example 2 Whole Notes Only 60

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42 Example 3 Different Whole Notes 60

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43 Example 4 Half Notes Only 60

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43 Example 5 Quarter Notes Only 60

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43 Example 6 Eight Notes 60

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43 Demo Sixteenth Notes 60

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Example is for demonstration purposes only.  Play along with exercises 1 -12.  Be sure to pick the play along for your instrument.
Page Song Name Description Tempo BPM

C Instrument

Bb Instrument

Eb Instrument

44 Example Using Quarter Notes Only 60

Listen Played on Guitar

45 Exercise 1 F-C7-F 60

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45 Exercise 2 BbMaj7-F7-Bb 60

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45 Exercise 3 C6-G7-CMaj7 60

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45 Exercise 4 Fmin7-Bb7-EbMaj7-EbMaj7 60

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46 Exercise 5 Gmin7-C7-F-Fmaj7 60

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46 Exercise 6 C7-Bb7-F7-F7 60

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46 Exercise 7 G7-D7-C7-G7 60

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46 Exercise 8 Bb7-C7-F7-F7 60

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47 Exercise 9 Amin7-Dmin7-Gmin7-C7-FMaj6 60

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47 Exercise 10 F#min-Bmin7-Emin7-A7-DMaj7 60

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47 Exercise 11 Cmin7-Fmin7-Bbmin-Eb7-AbMaj 60

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47 Exercise 12 A7-D7-G7-C7-FMaj7 60

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Examples and Demos  below are for demonstration purposes only. The page numbers after the slash are for the bass clef version of the book.
70/78 Demo Chromatic Scale

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70/78 Example 1 Chromatic Scale in Solo

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70/78 Demo Whole Tone Starting on C

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70/78 Demo Whole Tone Starting on C#

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70/78 Example 2 Whole Tone Solo

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71/79 Demo Diminished Scale Starting on C

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71/79 Demo Diminished Scale Starting on C#

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71/79 Demo Diminished Scale Starting on D

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71/79 Example 3 Solo Using Diminished Scale 

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71/79 Demo CMaj Pentatonic Scale

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71/79 Demo Amin Pentatonic Scale

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71/79 Example 4 Solo Using Pentatonic Scale

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Examples and Demos  below are for demonstration purposes only.
72/80 Demo Pattern in 3 Keys

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73/81 Demo Change Phrasing

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73/81 Demo Easy Pattern

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73/81 Demo Another Easy Pattern

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73/81 Demo Change Up Rhythm

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73/81 Demo Pentatonic Sale

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73/81 Demo Blues Scale

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73/81 Demo Chromatic Scale

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73/81 Demo Pattern Over Chord Changes

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Page Song Name Description

 

74/82 Example 1 Straight Eighths

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74/82 Example 2 Dotted Eighths

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74/82 Example 3 Eighth Note Triplets

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74/82 Example 4 Tied Triplets

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74/82 Example 5 Swing Eighths

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74/82 Example 6 Syncopation

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75/83 Example 7 Syncopation

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75/83 Example 8 Syncopation (With Swing Feel)

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75/83 Example 9 Over 2 Bars (With Swing Feel)

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75/83 Example 10 Phrasing

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75/83 Example 11 More Examples (With Swing Feel)

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SONGS FOR PRACTICING

The following songs are from pages 79 - 95. Make sure you are playing the correct page for your instrument.  For example, if you play alto sax, use page 81 for "I'm Impressed" marked Eb Instrument.  If you have the bass clef book, there is a tuba version of the songs. I included slow (60 BPM) and faster (80 BPM) versions of the play-alongs.  If you feel comfortable with the slower versions try your hand at the faster ones.

On "Pennies Are Heavy" I played the solo part at an even faster tempo.  You can hear what the completed solo sounds like.

Pages Song Name Description Tempo BPM

 

79-88 I'm Impressed 60

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79-88 I'm Impressed 80

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83-90 12 Bar Blues 60

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83-90 12 Bar Blues 80

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88-95 Pennies Are Heavy 60

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88-95 Pennies Are Heavy 80

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88-95 Pennies Are Heavy - Putting It All Together 120

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