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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."
In yesterday's Tips and Tricks entry, we leaked some text from an upcoming interview we helped coordinate with our friend and jazz mentor, Don Stiernberg. One particular answer to a series of great questions helped elucidate the process of gathering good material in preparing to improvise and the notion of exploring tonic center "zones" on the fretboard.