The Fundamentals

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fund_main_padLearn the basics of jazz improvisation using your mobile device!

The developers at Jazz Apps Mobile hope to help you de-mystify some of the fundamental elements of improvisation by helping you gain some of the basic tools needed for being able to solo at those first jam sessions. These basic tools will also help you build a foundation that will be useful as you further develop your craft as an improvising musician.

This app in the iImprov series includes:

  • Detailed introduction to basic theory.fund_ear_pad
  • Interactive lessons that include exercises as well as written and audio examples.
  • JAM-A-longs in all keys with tempo and balance control.
  • A basic ear training module.
  • A scale to chord compendium.

Topics that are covered include:

  • Scale construction
  • Chord construction
  • Diatonicismfund_lesson_phone
  • Resolution
  • The Cycle
  • Form
  • The Blues

Endlessly looping JAM-A-longs:

  • I VI II V Progression
  • II V Progression
  • III VI II V Progression
  • Blues
  • The Cycle

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As with all of the apps in the iImprov series, The Fundamentals has the following general features:

  • Individual JAM-A-longs for each key for variety.
  • Mixer control for the JAM-A-long instruments.
  • Tempo control for each JAM-A-long.
  • Music notation available in either treble or bass clef.

Supplemental material

The following PDFs contain the exercises from Lesson 3 and 4 written out in all keys:

Treble Clef:

Bass Clef:

Demo Videos

Below is a video demonstrating iImprov – The Fundamentals on the iPad:

Demonstration of soloing over a blues form:

Lesson on resolutions:

Demonstration of soloing using scales:

2 Comments

Lukas on August 4, 2015 at 12:07 pm.

donĀ“t see the preferences button on my Evolveo Strongphone D2 Mini, 3,5″ display, android 4.4 kit kat
Thanks
Lukas

sightmonkey on August 6, 2015 at 5:23 am.

Lukas-

When a newer device loads an app that targets an old Android version, it displays a menu button on the system bar, near the home, recents, and back buttons. It has the same “three dots” icon that you see on newer Android apps. Pressing this has the same effect as pressing the menu key on a device that has one. This should bring up the Prefs and About buttons. Let me know if it does not work for you.

Jeannette
Jazz Apps Mobile LLC