In today’s episode we get deeper into rhythm changes and start working on a couple of concepts that will start you into the world of improvising over this important form.
In this episode we will be concentrating on the “A” sections of the rhythm changes progression. We’ll save the bridge for the next episode. We will start with an exercise that explores a simple linear concept over the chord changes that will start you on getting familiar with each and every chord.
We then move into a more vertical exercise that will point out the important chord tones in each bar. These first two exercises will start to familiarize you with the sound of this progression and get your fingers and brain working in the right direction to eventually master these chords.
We finish up the episode by learning three different turnarounds over the iii-VI-ii-V progression. This is not only important to rhythm changes, but in many chord progressions you will see on a regular basis in the jazz tradition. We move from easy to more difficult in these exercises.
By the end of this episode, you should be aware of the work you have to do to sound good over the A sections on rhythm changes. Remember to go slowly and carefully to get the full benefit out of these exercises! Have fun!
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