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Change Running

Sam Munro (1500) · [archive]
Style: Jazz · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

You can improvise over a chord progression, using only the notes of the given chords. In jazz we term this technique 'change running'. It can be benificial for two reasons

1)It can establish the changes of a tune in the ears of both the listener and yourself as the performer.

2)It is an excellent way of internalizing Arpeggio Stuctures in a more musical manner.

Firstly in this lesson let us lay out some typical structures and then apply them to some common chord changes. One key factor in convincing change running in the application of the nearest note concept. This being; when arpeggiating Dmin7/G7/Cmaj7 then whatever the last note you played over the Dmin7(DFAC)the first note over the G7(GBDF)should be the nearest next note. So if over Dmin7 you played 'C'last then your choice for G7 can either be 'B' or 'D', these being the nexy nearest notes.

Notice also that this first example can be 'cyclic' to illustrate this set the loop to 2 or 3 repititions to hear it's continuity of flow from the last chord back to the first chord.
Change Running