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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-03-2010, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
Hjalmar Jakobsson
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 27
Improvising & the mind

I want to know how people think while they're improvising. You see, cause I've read like tons of stuff on how to improvise but I just don't like the way most people think about it. They say that you're suppose to picture every scale in every key all over the neck at once and for me that just seems like impossible.
Lately I've been working on a new way of thinking in which i learn all the notes of the major scales in every key completely and then I just alter them by lowering or sharpening the notes that I'll have to in order to improvise over a certain chord.
For example:
If I'd be playing over a B7b9 chord then I take the B major scale B,C#,D#,E,F#,G#,A# and
what I do with it is that I just lower the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and the 7th note in order to make it become the phrygian scale in the key of B.
So in the end I'll only have to know the major scales and the basic formulas for the more exotic scales which for me seems pretty good as I then get rid of "boxes"
Also this way of playing is good when you want to learn how to read sheet music as I learn the notes while others learn where to place their fingers.

I have been working a lot on how to make improvising easier by approaching from different perspectives and I must say that I like this way of playing.

People might say that you'll be pretty locked up with one chord while playing maybe jazz but I'd say that as one learns the notes so very well you'll know exactly what to do if you want to play something that goes the same over many chords, eg. II V I progression.

Last edited by Hjalmar Jakobsson; 01-04-2010 at 08:07 AM. Reason: the spelling:)
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