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Someday My Prince Will Come. Jazz Guitar Improvisation

How I practice Jazz Guitar Improvisation: Someday My Prince Will Come

Someday My Prince Will Come

How do I develop my jazz guitar improvisation?

My goal as a performer is to establish a method of practice that allows me to improvise, and never run out of ideas in a song.

With this jazz standard I focused my jazz guitar improvisation practice as follows.

I first chose the 5th position on the fretboard to play the melody, my solo and the accompaniment.

I then learnt the melody and the chords separately, by memory.

Then, I focused my practice on developing the melody, the chords and the solo.

For this purpose I established a structure of practice of two daily hours, during one week that would allow me to dig deep into all three aspects.

Therefore, every day I would do the following, with a metronome and always singing so as to create the most lyrical and musical phrases.

Jazz Guitar Improvisation Practice Structure

Each of the following bullets requires me to go through the song two times:

  1. Play melody, then chords, alternating every two bars.
  2. Play chords,  then melody, alternating every two bars.
  3. Play the 3rds of the chords, then melody, alternating every two bars.
  4. Play the fifths of the chords, then the 7ths, alternating every two bars.
  5. Play the 7ths, then the melody, alternating every two bars.
  6. Play the 3rds, then the melody, alternating every two bars.
  7. Play the 3rds and 7ths of Dominants by extension of all chords.
  8. Repeat steps 3 to 7 with Diatonic approach notes from above and below.
  9. Repeat steps 3 to 7 with Chromatic approach notes from above and below.
  10. Play whatever I want to.
  11. Play two bars blues, two bars melody, two bars pentatonic , two bars silence.
  12. Play whatever I want to.
A week later

And so, after a week of practice I started to have a very good aural understanding of the melody and the harmony, and therefore my creative side was able to kick in and flow.

This form of practice requires a lot of discipline, but I know by experience that only when I am able to reach a point of a thorough understanding of a song, am I  able to interact with other musicians on the go, with the result of enormous fun and pleasure .

Improvisation is the way to go with music.

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