iImprov - The Minor II V for the iPad
By Jazz Apps Mobile LLC
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NOTE: This app is the same as "iImprov - The Minor II V", which has been made into a universal app. Buyers should purchase "iImprov - The Minor II V" rather than this app for ipad only.
iImprov-The Minor II V for the iPad is part of a series from the developers at Jazz Apps Mobile LLC.
The iImprov series is intended for jazz improvisers of all levels to help them gain and perfect the tools of the craft. These apps are not presented progressively as each one is designed to target a specific need in any jazz improviser’s arsenal. Beginning and intermediate musicians can benefit from full explanations of the theory and concepts involved in tackling specific challenges that face the improvising musician, as well as apply them in the applications’ Jam-A-Long sections. More advanced players can benefit from focusing on specific keys and progressions for Jam-A-Long. Each Jam-A-Long allows the user to select any key to improvise in over an endless loop. Tempos are also adjustable.
Our first release focuses on the Minor II V. The Minor II V is one of the more common, yet often ‘fluffed’ over, progressions found in the jazz repertoire. Our goal is to take the mystery out playing over these progressions. The Jam-A-Longs included focus on individual chords as well as in on the Minor II V progression. We have also defined the scale to chord relationships for each key and allow the user to listen to the isolated scale as well as hear it over the appropriate chord. We also offer a method to best practice these scales and progressions.
Full explanation of the concepts involved.
Detailed Theory of note to chord relations.
Audio and visual representation of the scales.
Audio playback of the scales played over the appropriate chords.
Jam-A-Long for each isolated chord in all keys.
Jam-A-Long for each progression in all keys.
Each Jam-A-Long was recorded individually as to give variation for each key.
Mixer control for the Jam-a-Long instruments.
Tempo Control for each Jam-A-Long.
What's New in Version 1.1
Corrected some note to chord relationship titles.
Added support for both landscape and portrait screen orientations.
Just got this. Fine product.
As far as "the theory" goes, I think the author should have pointed out that the Lydian Augmented scale that it's based on is synonymous with the third mode of the Melodic Minor scale. So this approach is the same as playing Locrian 2 (Melodic Minor mode 6, same as Locrian without the flat 9) on the -7b5, and Superlocrian/Alt scale (Melodic Minor mode 7) on the altered dominant that follows.
This is not to say that that one way's better or worse than the other. I admire George Russell very much indeed. But it's worth knowing that they're two different ways of talking about the same sounds -- particularly since, A) it is often written and spoken about in those terms; and B) folks who are comfortable with Melodic Minor scales, in terms of fingerings on their instruments, have a nice head start here.
That said, I recommend this app -- no such thing as too much minor II-V.
One of the best jazz improv apps out there
I have this app and also the Modal Improv app. Both are excellent apps for theory and practice and isolate key elements in jazz improvisation. The developer must be a working jazz musician/educator and takes an approach that is all about how to implement improv theory into actual performance. The explanations are sensible and the notation and audio examples are helpful. Nice backing tracks too. I hope the developer continues to provide apps that focus upon more jazz topics.
This is great, but...
...beware beginners. The developers exaggerate a bit about the comprehensive explanation. It's not a bad overview, but it's quite sketchy and I think it assumes considerable exposure to jazz theory and jazz chord progressions in general. Five stars because it does what it says very well. I'm having a good time with it.
- Category: Music
- Updated: May 25, 2011
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 2.0 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jazz Apps Mobile LLC
- © 2011 Jazz Apps Mobile LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.