Musical IQ Question #27: Which of the following musicians was most likely to be found jamming with his buds, blowing improvised solos, until the wee hours of the morn? A) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, B) Charlie Parker, or C) Ravi Shankar. If you answered A, B or C then you would be 100% correct because they were all brilliant improvisors in their respective genres. Yes, Mozart along with J.S. Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt were all renown improvisers as are all of the great Indian Raga players. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to find a genre that did not embrace improvisation. So, whatever style you play, you MUST learn how to improvise. There's no 'best' way to do that but Charlie Parker offered some sound advice; "Learn everything, then forget it all."
This text presents all of the materials commonly used by the jazz musician in a logical order dictated both by complexity and need. The book is not intended to be either an arranging or improvisation text, but a pedagogical reference providing the information musicians need to pursue any activity they wish. …
Jazz harmony, as taught at the Berklee College of Music, is based on the so-called ""chord scale theory."" This method–-further developed–-is now available as a comprehensive textbook for the first time–-'The Chord Scale Theory & Jazz Harmony' by Barrie Nettles and Richard Graf. Emerged from practice and designed for practical use, it provides theoretical knowledge necessary for improvisation, composing, and arranging.
John is an internationally respected musician known for his fluid guitar playing and inventive improvisation. This video covers such topics as the use of seventeen major modes and scales, chromatics, passing tones and various approaches to improvisation.