Welcome to episode 236 of the LJS Podcast where today I show you a simple technique that will help you take your jazz ballad playing to the next level. One of the challenges of playing ballads is the slow tempo and chords that seem to last forever. Sidestep 2-5’s will help you add more harmonic movement and have you sounding like a pro.
Listen to episode 236
Ballads can be some of the more difficult jazz standards to solo over top of because they’re typically played at fairly slow tempos and there’s usually a lot of space in between each chord.
And now that may seem like a bit of a luxury for those who struggle with playing over up-tempos but believe me when I say that soloing over top of slow tempos on ballads can be just as difficult if not more difficult than playing on uptempos.
So in today’s episode, I’m going to be giving you a cool little technique called side step 2-5’s that can actually help you fill in more of that space, create more harmonic movement and therefore, give you more options and more creativity in your jazz ballad playing.
In this episode:
1. Side Step #1: 2-5 replacing the V
2. Side Step #2: 2-5 replacing the vi
1. LJS Inner Circle Membership (Access to ear training course)
2. Free Guide to learn standards by ear: Learn Jazz Standards the Smart Way