This series of tools will give you the "building blocks" (i.e. tools), that you can use to build your improvisations. Simply use the mind map system described at our forum, blog, and newsletters, to build your improvisations in a creative way. Building your improvisation using the mind map system is like creating a blue print for a house, you start at the foundations and then go on to build the walls, the roof etc...Note that this tools lesson will be updated all the time as new lessons will be published, so stay tuned and we will notify you on every update.
After you will create one mind map for one of your improvisations, the process will become easier as you do it again and again. The final goal you should strive to achieve, is to be able to create the mind map IN YOUR MIND and in real time and not on paper when you have time to plan it before you actually use it. This is what the master players do, they plan very quickly in their minds and they change the tools they are using very quickly while choosing the correct timing to use them in relation to the underlying harmonic structure of the song / musical piece, that they are playing. Use the tools in this lesson to create a mind map as follows:
1.) Grab a piece of A4 paper and write the chords of the progression, each chord
inside its own circle. Make sure to leave enough space between the circles so
that you will be able to add more circles around and between them.
2.) Start to build the "story" of your improvisation. Start with the beginning of the
story by using the BASIC TOOLS. You don't have to apply some tool all the
time, sometimes just play the same chord's arpeggio as you see in the
progression of the song / musical piece, just make sure to play the arpeggio in
an interesting way ,for example, by using some of the "jazzy sounds" tools.
3.) Use a SPECIALSOUND TOOL from time to time ,to make the story of your
improvisation more interesting.
4.) Use a TENSION AND RESOLVE TOOL right before a chord change or when the
progression change from A part to the B (or any other shift from some part to
the other). Or use this tools over a long progression of the same chord like for
example in the "Huneysuckle Rose" song, this will create and interesting
movement inside your improvisation.
5.) Use someDOMINANT 7 TOOL over a dominant chord.