Where can I find info. on how to play improvisations with a 12 note Jazz scale?

A co-worker told me that the thing that’s so great about Jazz is that they play with 12 notes instead of an 8 note scale. So, a werbsite or youtube video lesson would be cool.

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  1. Hiro

    No, the cool thing about Jazz is that you can play just about any damn thing you want! That you can make it up as you go along. You can find a transcript for a Coltrane solo but do you think he wrote it out before hand? Doubtful. Whether your improvisation sounds like crap or not is largely subjective but there are some standard structures that will minimize you’re odds of playing crap. There’s not a single “Jazz Scale” there are dozens of them. Many use less than 8 notes (e.g. pentatonic scales only use 5). You’re friend was probably referring to jazz chords that freely utilize 9ths, 11ths and 13ths of a scale. (You won’t hear that on FM radio – unless you have a good jazz station. Smooth Jazz doesn’t count).

    I like Jamie Aebersold’s “How to Play Jazz and Improvise” as an introduction. If you want to be overwhelmed check out “Miles of Modes” – more scales than you’ll ever use! Then you can get the play-along cd’s and have at it. Or even better find a band and start jamming.

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