Chord playing

                      "...using scale tones to form chord shapes"

Then you´ll have the tones G, A, Bb, C, D, E and F to work with and you can form chords from these and improvise your comping both with various chord shapes, rhythmically and with chord melodies. It will be a varied and dynamic playing in that kind of comping. So what you do is to form the scale tones to chords from the dorian scale in this case. Start to experiment and find chords in the scale and when you have a bounch of them you´ll try to comp with those to a tune or the backingtrack to this lesson.

When you have practice this for a while you will find yourself improvise with chords the same way you improvise with single notes.

To put in chromatic chord lines and melodic lines on the top is giving the comping even more variations and dynamics.

Down below I have examples of playing with diatonics, melodic lines on top and chromatic chord lines.

Here´s a diatonic example in the dorian mode that you´ll find in my 1st playing example in the video lesson:

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This way of playing works very good to modal tunes but you can also use it to a jazz standard tune or any tune in any style actually. The important thing is to use your ear and listen to how it sounds to the tune that´s played. One can say that you´re playing the same way you do when you improvise with single notes but with chords and when you have practice this for a while you will be more free in the chord thinking and also get a new library of chord shapes.

In this lesson I´m in the Gm dorian mode but you can of course bring this idea to any mode and key. You can also use this idea in your soloing by mixing shapes from the soloing scale in phrases you´re playing.

Another thing you can do is to play chromatic chord lines. Then you´ll play the tones in between the scale tones with chord shapes.

Here´s a chromatic chordline example that you´ll find in my 2nd playing example in the video:

You can also use melodic lines at the top of the chord shapes.

Here´s a melodic line example that you´ll find in my 2nd playing example in the video:

When playing chords you can think of modes (scales) instead of the chords in different positions. I`ll start from Gm dorian in this lesson.

G minor dorian mode:


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Links to the lessons in the advanced improvisation course:


-Pentatonics "part 1"

-Pentatonics "part 2"

Chord comping

-Jazz chord playing "part 1"

-Chord playing

Outside playing

-Outside playing


-Alt. arp. to the maj7 chord

-Alt. arp. to the 7th chord

Chord solo

-Chord solo 1 - Bb Jazz Blues

-Chord solo 2 - 251 in major



Diminished Scale & Chord

-Diminished scale

Dominant Scales & Chords

-Dominant chord