Jazz Improvisation Over-Simplified

by | Jazz Improvisation

If you’re starting out with jazz improvisation and you’re overwhelmed with the amount of chords in a 32 measure standard,  I think this lesson will be of utmost help. In it I show you how to improvise over almost any standard by reducing it down to its bare-bone harmony!

Did you know that the harmonic essence of many jazz standards can be reduced down to just 2 chords? I’m talking about the V7 or dominant chord and the I chord or tonic. These are the 2 principle chords needed to establish a key center or tonality.

To prove my point in the video I show you how I can improvise over “Autumn Leaves” exclusively thinking over a D7 resolving to a G major! That’s only 2 scales! After teaching you the underlying theory, I show you how to apply it to simplify an even more complex tune: “All The Things You Are”.


The Jazz Improvisation Over-Simplified lesson files, can be downloaded for $8.50 . Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes “Simplified Improvisation Lead Sheets” for the following Standards:  All The Things You Are, Rhythm Changes, Tune Up, Blue Bossa, Satin Doll, There Will Never Be Another You, How High The Moon, and Night and Day. Also a detailed explanation of the Harmonic Simplification Theory.

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