Improv Drill - Major ii-V-I Progression

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Lesson Description

This installment of the improv drill series accomplishes two goals: it condenses the improv drills presented in the original four lessons (chord tones, chordscales, arpeggios and approach patterns) and it shows you how to play them over the major ii-V-I progression. The idea here is to present to you a more manageable yet still effective drill over the major ii-V-I progression to help deepen your improvisational facility.

Hank Mobley’s solo over the standard tune “If I Should Lose You,” from his 1960 album “Soul Station” is analyzed in this lesson for his use of the four components of melodic construction and several of his licks are isolated and transposed in the practice sessions for you to use in your own solos and as jumping-off points for your own ideas and licks. 


Watch this short video for an overview of the content of this course.



The Five Essential 7th Chords
Improvisation - The Concept
Four Components of Melodic Construction

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"Now we're talking; a brilliant lesson, importantly depicting specific details of the left hand chords." -Eric

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Bill Rinehart
Bill Rinehart

About the instructor

Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on