Improvising Without the chord Changes

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by SmoothOperator, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. SmoothOperator

    SmoothOperator Mezzo Forte User

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    What do you do if you want to improvise around a piece of music that hasn't an explicitly stated chord progression?

    IE just a melody, or the explicitly written piano notes without the Jazz nomenclature?

    Many times these songs seem to have a familiar progression to them, even when there aren't obvious triads?

    What do you do?:dontknow:
     
  2. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Listen and play with your ears open.
     
  3. gmonady

    gmonady Utimate User

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    Yes, listening and then hearing are key. Sounds like you are on your way, as you recognize the lines.

    Also if you’re first intimidated, sing quietly behind the pianist, then when it's your turn, play what you sing.

    And if this sounds hard, its really not. If you are singing, you have direction. If your singing is more complex than you think you can play, then "outline" the part you sang, (just a few notes around the line). Then when you come back, add a few more notes to your outline, on the third time around, you will be so comfortable, you will be beboping with the best.
     

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