I thought of a coaching idea for jazz improvisation while watching a college big band the other night. As one after another of these dedicated hard working young guys and gals stood up and took solos I noticed that far too much of their playing was well outside of the changes – not in a hip alternate harmonic way, but in a lost and unable to find their way back to the changes way.
I can certainly relate because that’s how I sounded too much of the time when I was their age. I wish I had someone take me aside and give me a tip on how to more easily return to harmonic congruency within the tune.
Well, this video attempts to do just that. Whatever your age, if you find yourself struggling to get inside the changes, this video might very well give you the advice you need.
Drifting outside of the changes and having a difficult time returning is what I’m referring to in the video as getting lost at sea.