In our introduction to improvisation, we touched on several world music traditions. Now let’s look closer at some of the most frequently used techniques in jazz improvisation. Music is essentially made of three elements—Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm— with each playing an essential role in delivering the final piece. Over the years jazz cats have explored dozens of concepts on improvisation, coming up with new ways of improvisation and taking their art to the next level with each generation of musicians.

Learn everything, then forget it all. – Charlie Parker

The Language of Jazz

When learning improv