Beginner jazz lesson - Free PDF -

Updated: May 20

Have you ever wanted to learn how to improvise over a song but haven't got a clue where to start?

This tutorial aims to help remedy that!

With an easy to follow step by step process, you can apply this method to many jazz standards and make real progress very quickly.


The tune I've chosen is probably one of the most well known in the world (and can be played in a jazz style too, I've done it at many birthday party's). Of course the tune is Happy Birthday.


The tutorial has been broken down into manageable chunks and looks like this.


1. PLAY THE TUNE, PREFERABLY, LEARN BY EAR. 2. PLAY THE CHORD NOTES OF THE TRIAD UP AND DOWN, TRYING TO START ON THE ROOT. 3. PLAY THE CHORD NOTES OF THE TRIAD UP AND DOWN, DON'T ALWAYS START ON THE ROOT. 4. PLAY THE CHORD NOTES ADDING THE 7THS. 5. JUST PLAY THE GUIDE TONES OF THE CHORDS. 7THS & 3RDS. 6. PLAY THE GUIDE TONES OF THE CHORDS BUT TRY AND USE SOME SYNCOPATED RHYTHMS. 7. PLAY THE SYNCOPATED RHYTHMS (VARY AS MUCH AS YOU CAN) AND USE THE NOTES OF THE CHORDS. 8. SCALES UP AND DOWN 9. RUNNING THE SCALES AND CONNECTING THEM MUSICALLY. 10. EACH GROUP OF FOUR NOTES ALWAYS STARTS ON A CHORD NOTE WITH THE NEXT THREE ENLCOSING THE NEXT CHORD NOTE AND SO ON AND SO ON..... 11. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER AND MAKE A SOLO – TRY AND DO YOUR OWN

If all that looks a little complicated, why not watch the video tutorial and hopefully it will make sense!


If you would like the FREE PDF that accompanies this video, you should click this link where you will be able to download once subscribed.


I hope you learn something from this tutorial and good luck with it. If you are interested in finding out more about improvisation or keen to have a lesson with me click HERE



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