In this, the third in a series of lessons on mastering approach note patterns over a jazz standard, I use the tune “All the Things You Are” to teach you how to target and approach the chord tones for each chord. This is a great method to produce flowing, logical lines, that move convincingly through the chord changes. All the Things You Are is a terrific jazz tune to practice this over because it travels in a circle of fifths pattern through a multitude of chords.
These lessons are an offshoot of my “Approach Note Velocity” books. Whereas those books are about playing approaches over static major and minor grooves, these lessons are about playing the approaches on standards that change chords quite often.
In this lesson, I pick up the pace by tackling two more approach note patterns. I demonstrate how to use them to approach the Root, Third, Fifth and Seventh of each chord to build a solo that moves logically and musically from chord to chord. Using the great jazz standard “All the Things You Are”, I show you how to put this method into use straight away. You’ll learn how to practice these approach notes so that they become an integral and automatic part of your playing style. As we progress through these Approach Note lessons, you’ll find your technique and musicality improving tremendously as playing over standard changes becomes demystified and accessible. I show you how to apply this method to any tune you’re learning. If you’ve always wondered how the pro players manage to play over chord changes with such apparent ease, and longed to be able to do the same, then working on these “Approach Note” lessons will help you achieve that goal.
This lesson includes two PDF sheets that clearly explains all the approaches I use over “All the Things You Are.” (Audio Lesson)