I have always loved “Pure Imagination” since I was a kid. I decided to improvise over its changes for 24 minutes today (over a backing track from the ireal app) and wanted you to share it with you. My mindset was pretty much, just to try and have the melody in the back of my mind the whole time and to play what I heard over the top of it, without thinking too much about anything else except what sounds true and beautiful to me in the moment.
I'm improvising over 90 choruses of C minor blues, for your viewing an listening pleasure today! I hope you find some inspiration in it! Playing my Hallet Davis baby grand over an ireal Pro backing track.
Singing the Richards and Leigh song that Frank Sinatra made famous, with a back up track from the iReal Pro app in my living room!
Even over just one chord, there are endless ideas to be played! Pick up the backing track here and play it in loop mode.
Transcribing GREAT solos, analyzing them and learning to apply key elements into your own soloing is the best way I know to improve your improvisational skills. I'd like to show you what I worked on with my student, Lucy in our last lesson and challenge you to transcribe, analyze, and GROW.
In 1973, The Carpenters recorded This Masquerade and released it on their "Now & Then" album. Richard Carpenter took a masterful solo, rich with bebop language and harmonic and scalular devices. Hang out and analyze this solo with me and let's discuss the genius of this duo.
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When we take a solo, where do our brains go? Are we strictly feeling what's about to come out, or are we calculating every move as we go? Discussing time feel, scale-based ideas, self-imposed limits, melodic skips and sequencing, I walk you through my own thought process to try and get to the bottom of this question, using "Just The Two Of Us" as for chord changes. See also: Funk Piano Tutorial: Just The Two Of Us