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Jazz Guitar Lessons: Harmo-Melodic Improvisation

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Okay, we're gonna do something
with a name that I kinda made up.
Harmo-melodic improv, or
harmo-melodic linear improv.
Kind of a wacky name but,
[LAUGH] you know it's something to call.
Where we take the harmony, and
we spell it out in a melodic linear way.
And this is my attempt here,
is gonna be to play all across
the entire neck of the instrument.
To do that I'm gonna use
some chromatic connections.
We've talked a lot about
chromatic approach notes, but
sometimes chromatic connections could be.
Just notes going up or
down connecting two parts of the scale or
two parts of the key chromatically.
It could be four notes,
it could be a whole series of
eight notes and you know, for example,
if I'm playing up in this area of C minor
and I can connect down to this one.
See how I pivot down there?
Sometimes I use my first
finger to slide down.
Or, I put two in one fret.
And then, and then slide one of them down.
That's another one.
That's another one.
I can just pivot off of a, a note I
have up here on the string above it.
And walk down chromatically below it.
So, some of the, using these connection
can make a smooth transition
chromatically and
melodically across the neck of the guitar.
So, I went all the way from the top
of the neck all the way to the bottom.
Some, something like that,
that was kinda fast.
I'm sorry to, you know, go to fast there,
but let's do that a little slower.
Right away,
I just slide three notes
down with my first finger.
That was that pivot thing.
And on the guitar,
a lot of times you can use.
I have one note above.
One note below the next note on this,
on two,adjacent strings.
And then the note falls right below it.
And you can actually go down like many
notes just doing that.
It's a little trick you can use.
And if it's between the B,
and the G string.
All those connections become really useful
when you're trying to get from one
position to another on the neck.