Welcome to episode 62 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 4 steps for playing what you hear in your jazz improvisation. This is a question that we get a lot. “How do I play what I am hearing in my head?” There is no easy answer, but these 4 steps will get you headed in the right direction. Listen in!
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In this episode
Interval recognition. Why it’s important, and a few exercises to help you practice.
Chord recognition. Being able to sing them as arpeggios and being able to hear them as chords.
Chord progression recognition. How the combination of interval and chord recognition can play in your favor.
Transferring from ear to instrument.
- Learn jazz solos and licks by ear.
- Melodic dictation. Like sight reading…but with your ears.
Mentioned in the show
Our flagship eBook, Zero to Improv, is a book that teaches you how to become a great jazz improviser from the ground up. No stone is left un-turned. This isn’t your ordinary music book. Zero to Improv calls you to action! Packed full of improv and jazz theory lessons, you’ll start from the beginning and build up all of the skills and knowledge you need. Audio examples are included for all music notation.
Versions are available for C, Bb, Eb and Bass Clef instruments. Designed for all skill levels.