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Watch the Putting it Together online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Jazz Improv

I'm improvising here over the changes to "Autumn Leaves"; I'm trying to think more like a pianist here, extracting notes from the chord, employing double stops to imply the harmony, and playing over the bar lines. I'm not playing strictly in time here, but moving in and out of an implied pulse or playing rubato. Pianists Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans and Hal Galper have all been influences on shaping my approach here. I've had the pleasure of playing with Hal Galper, and those interactions really opened me up rhythmically. I've never transcribed any piano solos/accompaniments, but by repeated listening, I've found some parts of my playing expanding and developing by osmosis. You will also improve/deepen your abilities on the bandstand and in jam sessions. Extensive playing/listening will shape your concepts in ways that you can't anticipate. The journey is interesting because we don't know exactly where the music will lead us.