[Harp-L] jazz improv re Ed Coogan

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Wed Apr 4 13:33:28 EDT 2018

Every chord is made up of three or more notes.  Know the names of the notes
in the chord.  Know the location of those notes on your harmonica.  When
the chord is being played, focus on those notes.  A beat is made up of
downbeats and upbeats.  Focus on placing the chord tones on the downbeats
as much as possible.  There are scales that will train you how to do this.

Michael Rubin

On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 11:22 AM, The Iceman via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>

> The concept is simple -
> If you understand the notes that comprise the chords and their individual
> sense of gravitational pull in real time, then you make better note choices
> based on the shifting sonorities beneath.
> This takes intellectual muscle workouts in order to get to that state of
> grace, but, just like working out at the gym, is worth the time/trouble for
> the benefits received.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph Leone <3N037 at xxxxx>
> To: JWilliam Thompson <landcommentary at xxxxx>
> Cc: L-Harp <harp-l at xxxxx>
> Sent: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 11:16 am
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] jazz improv re Ed Coogan
> > On Apr 4, 2018, at 10:40 AM, JWilliam Thompson <landcommentary at xxxxx>
> wrote:
> >
> > I came across your post in which Ed Coogan wrote that part of his
> approach
> > to jazz improv is to memorize the chords. I have been struggling with
> this
> > myself--hope you can clarify.
> Basically he is referring to is ‘rolling’ the chords. In other words what
> you do is take and play notes FROM  the chords that fit in the chords, then
> harmony notes built on those notes.
> Such as 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, etc. You are taking the chords apart and using
> the best notes to fit the particular occasion (run).
> >
> > Do you just memorize the names of the chords, or do you actually play the
> > progression?
> You actually play notes.
> > And if you play them, How do you do that, if the harmonica has
> > so few full chords?
> You’re not doing the complete chord. You are MAKING the chord structures
> by playing the notes that make up the chord. And as you make other
> structures from these chord notes,
> they lead to OTHER notes..from other chords.
> smo-joe in the swamp
> >
> > Bill in DC

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