Contemporary Colors

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colors_main_ipadiImprov – Contemporary Colors focuses on the handling of chord changes that you will find mostly in the jazz repertoire that begins post bebop up to the present. More specifically, the app gives you the tools to take on chord progressions that you would find in tunes by Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and any other composer that has ventured away from the writing of chord changes that would be typically found in the “Standards.” These types of chord progressions would include highly altered chords, slash chords and chords created from scale colors outside of diatonic major.

colors_lesson_iphoneThe lessons in the app cover in detail how to use diminished, whole tone, augmented, lydian augmented and harmonic minor scales to play over these these types of progressions. In addition to explanation, there are exercises, patterns, examples, and JAM-A-longs to work with.

The JAM-A-longs included in the app are:colors_pal_ipad

  • V7b9
  • V7#5
  • Major 7#5
  • V7#11
  • Minor (Major 7)
  • Harmonic Minor Progression 1
  • Harmonic Minor Progression 2

As with all of the apps in the iImprov series, Contemporary Colors 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.