Jazz Improvisation and the 251 Progression

In this instructional video, Maurice Arenas covers the foundations of jazz improvisation and usage of scales, modes, arpeggios and chromatic concepts over the Major 251 and the Minor 251 progression. This 76 minute video comes with a fully detailed 28 page pdf booklet that covers:

The Minor 251 Progression
Pentatonic possibilities and formulas over every chord
Arpeggio possibilities over every chord using the chord extension method
The “Chord Stack” method of improvisation
Scale and mode choices and formulas over every chord
Using Chromatic lines and resolution
Practice method and incorporation of techniques listed

The Major 251 Progression
Pentatonic possibilities and formulas over every chord
Arpeggio possibilities over every chord in various modes
The Dominant 7 Super arpeggio methodology of improvisation
Scale and mode choices and formulas over every chord
Using Chromatic lines and resolution
Practice method and incorporation of techniques listed

This video is intentionally divided in a way for all levels of guitarists to learn concepts and techniques of jazz improvisation. Beginners can work on the basics (pentatonic scales and arpeggios) while intermediate and more advanced players can learn the theory behind altered modes, chromatics and outside playing over the common 251 progression in jazz.

Stylistically this video encapsulated many of the traditional jazz players’ lead guitar styles and formulas for scale/mode usage like Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, George Benson, Grant Green, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Bruno, Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, Jack Wilkins and Joe Pass.

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Course Curriculum

The Art of Fusion 3 - Improv and 251
The Art of Fusion 3 – Improv and 251 01:16:00

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