What makes a great jazz solo? To me, it’s all about creating great melodies. So wouldn’t it be a great idea to spend time practicing composing melodies?

In this video, I talk about composing contrafacts (a melody written over an existing song form or chord changes), what they are, how they can help your improv, an example of one of mine, and a call to action for you at the end.

Important Links and Resources

Suggested Resource:

Composing contrafacts is a lesson I include in my eBook “The Jazz Standards Playbook

Further Reading:

LJS 107 Composing Contrafacts to Develop Melodic Ideas.

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing

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