This is our third installment of our series on Rhythm Changes. Last week we took a look at the ‘A’ sections of the form and learned some exercises to get us through these rapid fire chords. This week we will focus on the bridge, where the chords spread out considerably.
Because the chords come at us a little bit slower, we have to approach this section in a different way than we did on the ‘A’ sections. In this episode we look at a couple of different approaches. The first, is using our thirds and sevenths to develop good voice leading between the chords. Then we move into using chromaticism to make our lines a little bit more interesting and unexpected.
By the time you get to the end of these three episodes, you should have a pretty good handle on improvising over these changes. Of course, this is just an introduction into playing over Rhythm Changes and is not meant to be the only work you do to master this form. There is a lifetime of different concepts and ideas you could come up with over Rhythm Changes. These episodes will at least get you started and give you something to play over this progression.
Important: Take this material further and come up with your own ideas using mine as a springboard! Good luck and have fun!
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