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Lesson 14: Minor ii-V-i's (Continued)

Hopefully by now you are feeling more comfortable with playing over changes. I hope that you are starting to incorporate some creative melodic movement in your lines, and not just limiting yourself to purely scalar sounding approaches. Improvisational development, as with so many other facets of musical study, comes with hard work and determination. It is not enough to study the concepts as they are written and simply understand why they work. You really have to force yourself to play the things that are outside your comfort zone until they feel as natural as the ideas you already know how to play so well. A lot of players seriously thwart their development by avoiding the unfamiliar in their practicing. You don't want to look back at yourself a year from now and wonder why your phrasing hasn't seemed to improve. Invest your time in the unfamiliar, and you will be happy with your progress.

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