You want to play exciting solos…
Ones that will make the audience sit on the edge of their seats, that’ll make you stand out from every other musician in the room.
…except when you improvise everything ends up sounding exactly the same.
Many musicians share this frustration and for many it goes right back to the standard approach to improvisation that you find in most books. The mentality that each chord has a designated scale:
- Major scales for major chords
- Dorian for minor chords
- Mixolydian for V7 chords
This is a fine place to start, but if you limit your harmonic and melodic approach to these 3 scales you’ll end up feeling trapped inside of a musical box.
However, listen to some of your favorite solos and you’ll notice that the best players aren’t always following these “rules.” In fact, everyone from Charlie Parker to Brad Mehldau has used non-diatonic notes in their solos.
Notes that don’t belong in the chord, notes that don’t fit into any particular scale, yet they still sound good…
And the same can be true for you, if you know the right way to use them.
You’re too creative to settle for the same old scales in every solo! Here are 5 ways to escape the diatonic trap and start thinking outside of the box when it comes to jazz improvisation…
1) Learn to alter V7 sounds
The most common place you’ll find non-diatonic notes in the solos of great players is on the V7 … Read More