The Relationship Between Sounds
WHAT’S IN THAT CHORD?
If you find an unfamiliar chord – write it down. You can unlock the mystery later by taking a few moments to decipher it. Figure out the
arpeggios, the alterations and then you can fill in the rest of the scale to find out where it comes from. This can help you get to the intention of the chord and can also help you figure out possible directions to take during your improvisation. Use a piano or keyboard if possible.
What is the role of the melody in the harmony?
Singing and playing thru the arpeggios can be very helpful as well. Harmony is the relationship between sounds.
Go thru a specific set of changes, such as the blues or a standard tune like Confirmation or All The Things You Are in all 12 keys. Practice playing through the arpeggios and walking bass lines in those keys as well.