This week is all about the foundation of your improvisation. If you’ve never learned what guide tones are and how to use them, this is the episode for you! Even if you have some experience with these, they are a great thing to review and possibly learn something new about. We are going back to our old friend the blues this week and studying voice leading and starting our phrases on the strongest notes possible. When playing a melody, it makes sense to start on the most melodic note possible. This is something that I hear far too few improvisors actually DO though. By learning to pinpoint the guide tones and have them first in our mind, our phrases take on a different sound altogether and make our phrases beautiful and authoritative. Enjoy the episode!
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Hi Nick, It sounds like you are starting on an E note instead of a D…but the pdf shows D. Or do I need to transpose it up a step?
Yup, up one step.