Improvisation is a key ingredient of jazz that sets it apart from other genres, and often intimidates beginners into thinking they don’t have what it takes to be a great jazz musician. But remember that improvisation, even in jazz, is a skill that can be learned.

In the series so far we’ve covered the basics of improvisation, tips and tricks for getting started, and what characterises rock improvisation. Now we’ll build on this to look at a more sophisticated form of improvisation, as used in jazz.

Jazz improvisation requires you to really listen and feel the music. The fact that it uses numerous chords and modes means there is a bit more to learn, but the payback is you enjoy more freedom and can push your creativity to the limit.

I’ll share some tips below to help you explore jazz improvisation. For more advanced guidance I r