Part 3 – Chord Sequences

Now let’s look at chord sequences for improvisation.

The sequencesbelow are all based on the 12 Bar Blues

(Blues I, Blues II, and Blues III),

the chord changes of the well known tune”I Got Rhythm

(Rhythm Changes I, Rhythm Changes II, Rhythm Changes III),

Joanna and The Temperly Collection are original compositions.

In the second chorus of each of these 8 chord sequences the piano is featured as a solo instrument, playing a

demonstration chorus. Each demonstration chorus you hear makes intentional use of the techniques outlined in

this series. There was no conscious attempt on the player’s part to make use of other more advanced improvisatory


Begin each sequence by playing :-

One chorus bass notes,

One chorus chord notes,

One chorus guide tones.

These choruseswill set you up for some crazy improvising.

Once you have mastered the vertical approach, work out the scalesand experiment.

Sample choruses are provided

for guidance.

Use your earto figure out how each piece ends — most musicians “busk” beginnings and endings and

so did we when making these recordings!

NOTE — As this series is written for all instruments, some passages may be out with your compass.

Where this occurs, transpose the passage to an octave which suits your own range.

We suggest you learn the tunes and sequences in the order they are laid out below.

Rhythm III required a fairly advanced instrumental technique. If the tune is too hardplay the guide tones. If the guide tones are too fastplay the roots.

Whatever your skill is as an instrumentalist, make it a personal goal to sing at will the chord roots, chord notesguide tones and scale notes as you listen to the podcasts and work your way through the tunes.

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The chord tones have been arranged in patterns for you, but make sure you can play the chords in ROOT position as well

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Rhythm III required a fairly advanced instrumental technique.

If the tune is too hard – play the guide tones.

If the guide tones are too fast – play the roots.

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