From Chords to Improv


Having a formula for approaching different chord qualities can help you to quickly incorporate and internalize new language over these sounds. Compiled here is an introductory sequence for deciphering variations on the 5 most common chord types in improvised music.

The good news is that once you learn the chords in this study, you will have covered 95% of all the chords you will ever need to know in Jazz Improvisation.

Utilizing this method when encountering any chord quality in any key is a sure fire way to have a solid foundation for how to improvise over any sound. Like everything, practice will be required for facility of this information, but these fundamentals regarding chords and their substitutions will be things that you can use for the rest of your musical life.





Included in this Video Course are exercises designed to help you become familiar with the 5 most common chord qualities in Jazz Improvisation and their alterations:

Major 7th Chords: ∆7, ∆7#11 and ∆7#9∆11
Dominant 7th Chords: 7, 7#11, 7b9b13, 7b9#11, 7Alt.
Minor 7th Chords: -7, ∆-7
Half Diminished 7th Chords: ø7, ø7∆9, ø7∆13
Fully Diminished 7th Chords: º7

As an improviser knowing the difference between these chords and how to deal with them can be an absolute Game Changer. In this course everything is explained, demonstrated and written out in the key of concert C so that you can easily take this information and transpose it to other key centers.

Through conceptualization of these chords and their differences you can gain a new outlook on Jazz Improvisation and beyond. While these are not the ONLY chords that exist, these are all of the ones that I have dealt with regularly as a professional musician for the past 25 years.

If knowing what to play over different chord qualities has always been confusing or a struggle for you, this is the course that will provide the clarity you have been waiting for. Check it out today!