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iImprov - Modal

By Jazz Apps Mobile LLC

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iImprov-Modal is the 2nd release from Jazz Apps Mobile LLC. It is part of a series created for jazz musicians of all levels to help them take on specific challenges that any improvising musician will encounter. Each one contains a full explanation of all the concepts and theory involved as well as written and audio examples and exercises. Each app contains JAM-A-longs in all keys with adjustable tempo and control of instrument balance. Each iImprov app also allows you to select the correct transposition for your instrument.

iImprov-Modal specifically provides the tools for confidently playing over modal tunes. The main focus of the app is playing over minor modal tunes, however we have also covered playing over 7 sus 4 modal tunes and Major 7#4 tunes. Exercises and JAM-A-longs specific to each of these types of tunes are included.


Full explanation of the concepts involved.

Detailed theory of note to chord relations and use of modal scales.

Detailed theory of how to use pentatonic scales, including how to play “outside.”

Audio and visual representation of the related scales.

Audio playback of the scales played over the appropriate chords.

Exercises that include live audio examples from saxophonist Tony Bray.

JAM-A-longs for Minor Modal (Swing and Funk).

JAM-A-longs for 7 sus 4.

JAM-A-longs for Major 7#4.

Each JAM-A-long was recorded individually in order to give variation for each key.

Mixer control for the JAM-A-Long instruments.

Tempo control for each JAM-A-long.

Unlimited JAM-A-long loop length.

What's New in Version 1.1

Added support for landscape screen orientation. The app now responds to orientation changes.

Added support for TVOut for mirroring the app from IPad, iPhone 4, and later generation iPod Touch using the various video adapter cables. (Note that the display could already be mirrored for iPad 2 and iPhone 4S with an HDMI adapter.)


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Customer Reviews

Very impressive

This app has more bang for your buck than the low price suggests. After getting through the intro and listening closely to Miles Davis "so what", every scale and except side can to life with the jam-a-longs....

My only (minor) complaint is the younger generation user "small" font that only kids can
(iPad for me next)
Hopefully they can do a small EQ to take out bass to just hear piano, no drums, etc....

Unique Jazz Experience

Well designed basic jazz improv tutorial with classic piano bass and drum backing. Interesting blend of theory instruction ear training and jamming.

Worth the price if an intro to jazz improvisation is desired. Leaves me yearning for updates. More screen interaction with note and chord changes and midi file output of backup tracks would be excellent editions.

Don't expect a basic onscreen keyboard with the app as it stands but that addition with the next update if it ever is released would make it five star

Well done!

After searching the app store for hours, i came across this gem. There's nothing else like it. This app maker gives practical and easy to follow lessons. Well worth the price. I bought everyone of his apps. Bravo!

iImprov - Modal
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $3.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2012
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 5.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Jazz Apps Mobile LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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