One thing that I've noticed about many intermediate improvisation students is that their concept of playing time is not as advanced as their note selection. Time is EVERYTHING, and a great deal of jazz improvisation is based on playing time consisting of sequences of 8th notes. This exercise will push you to play 8th note time, and will also familiarize your ear and your fingers with the two-five progression. I have included parts for C, Bb, Eb and bass clef instruments, and also standard midi files at various tempos so that you can practice along with a track that was generated with Band in a Box. Master the exercise at the slowest tempo (110bpm) before progressing to faster tempos. This is just a start, and will hopefully inspire you to come up with your own exercises of the same type. A great book for learning to play patterns of this type is Patterns for Jazz, by Jerry Coker. It is available from www.jazzbooks.com, among other sources. This book has been my improvisation bible for 30 years.
You can either download the midi files to your computer or open them from the current location. Either way will work, and the files will be played from your soundcard.
Have fun, and let me know if this exercise helps you by emailing me.
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