Becoming fluent with jazz language is the key to unlocking your musical freedom when you improvise.
It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. The lost ship. The thing everyone ignores…
And it’s totally counter-intuitive…
- You copy, to sound original.
- You practice the same line over and over, to be creative.
- You use limitation, to find freedom.
If you’re already confused, that’s okay. We’ll get there…
The 4 steps to jazz language fluency
The whole process of learning the jazz language can seem overwhelming and ambiguous as there’s so much to focus on.
But, just by becoming fluent with one piece of jazz language you can begin seeing results today.
When you’re fluent with a piece of language, say a dominant 7 piece of language, you now have a line and a concept of how to approach a dominant 7 chord.
You have more than a lick, you have an understanding, a visceral intuitive knowledge that allows you to play musically over a sound, instead of having a purely intellectual concept of how to go about things rooted in music theory.
With fluency in jazz language, music theory supplements and supports your knowledge, ear training practice becomes more applicable, and jazz improvisation starts to make sense.
Here are the four steps of becoming fluent with a particular piece of jazz language:
And what do each of these steps entail? What information do they hold?
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