Monthly Archives July 2018
Here I will focus on three funk scales Two of the scales are must have that you can use when soloing and practicing improvisation.I like funk tunes because they often use only a few repetitive chords which means the improvisation material you can generate is huge.
Soloing Funk Scale 1#; The Blues Scale
Masters like BB King Stevie Ray John Coltrane Maceo Parker crated killing solos with using only this scale.
A big part of learning to improvise is simply having the confidence that the notes you’re playing will “work” and sound good. So here’s a great way to practice the blues scale: Take a funky 12-bar blues in any key and use the blues scale for that key to solo over the entire form. You can play a single blues scale over the I, IV, and V chord.
Soloing Funk Scale #2: The Pentaton...Read More
Review: Funk Keyboards – The Complete Method by Gail Johnson
It includes a well received CD of the material as well.
Explore the chords, rhythms, and techniques used by the greatest funk keyboardists! Subjects covered include: common chords and progressions; classic funk rhythms, licks and patterns; synth bass & multiple keyboard playing; and pitch wheel and modulation. The accompanying audio includes 81 full-band tracks. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.
Full Book Review and Other Notes:
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Do you want to sharpen your blues piano skills .
Blues is one the few piano styles apart from jazz allows total creative freedom within a 12 bar construct.You can reshape the rhythms and melody of a song and give your piano blues solo section allows you to create new melodies on the spot.
Liberating it is creative freedom is our goal and here are some basic theory.
Now these exercises assume you have a basic music theory knowledge such as scales read music and know the basic piano 12 bar experience as well.
1.Practice your 251.
This happens often in jazz but can really transform your approach to 12 bar blues when played mak...
Now, Free Jazz arose in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement, so as African-American people were fighting for freedom on the street, they were also fighting for freedom in music. So even the name ‘Free Jazz’ is a politically loaded term. Now, this isn’t a history lesson so I’m not going to bore you with the details, but you should always keep historical context in mind when listening to any kind of music. And it’s also worth saying that some people doubt whether true atonality can really exist, because if you listen hard enough you can always hear some kind of tonality or tonal centre, even if it’s with frequent modulations. But that’s a matter of contention which isn’t worth getting into here...Read More
Hello and welcome to a NewJazz theory lesson. In this video we will learn some simple but very useful jazz piano exercises. These exercises will help us a great deal when improvising jazz and modal jazz. Now let me try to play a little solo to demonstrate the sound we can make when mastering these exercises. This solo is actually not very complicated. It may sound complicated… but as a matter of fact it is build upon some very simple techniques…
And it is these techniques we are going to explore in this lesson. The big secret is to simplify everything. So we are going to use only these 3 fingers. And we place the three fingers in one simple hand grip… like this! Every exercise in this lesson will be about this hand grip and these 3 fingers. It happens that this hand grip is very powerful...Read More
The new guard of soulful, improvising artists on the scene today — musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, and Robert Glasper — freely fuse jazz and hip-hop in their sounds. This is an evolved place from earlier eras when a hip-hop artist would sample a jazz riff into the production, or a jazz musician would play with beats and a DJ scratching over a bebop head.
Beginning with Louis Armstrong and Louis Jordan in the ’20s, through the efforts of ’60s and ’70s pioneers like Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd and Quincy Jones, and into the golden age of hip-hop with trailblazers like a Tribe Called Quest and Guru (and later with M-Base members like Steve Coleman and Greg Osby), the line between hip-hop and jazz has been progressively blurred.
And now, jazz and hip-hop stand together...Read More
HISTORIC MOMENTS TO MONUMENTAL MUSIC. MUSIC. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> THE DAWN OF THE 1960s WAS >> THE DAWN OF THE 1960s WAS RIPE FOR REVOLUTION.
RIPE FOR REVOLUTION. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT SPARKED DEBATE ABOUT CULTURAL DIVIDE AND IN TOWNS ACROSS DIVIDE AND IN TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA,
INTEGRATION TOOK HOLD. AMERICA, FOR INDIANA AVENUE, THE EMMY FOR INDIANA AVENUE, THE EMMY EPICENTER, THE END OF FORCED EPICENTER,
THE END OF FORCED SEGREGATION LED TO DOWNTOWN EXPANSION AND THE ONE DYNAMIC EXPANSION AND THE ONE DYNAMIC CORRIDOR DISAPPEARED.
YET 60 MILES SOUTH, SOMETHING WAS STIRRING AT INDIANA WAS STIRRING AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF MUSIC.
IN THE 1950s, STUDENTS AND AND MUSICIANS SUCH AS DAVID BAKER, DAVID BAKER, ALC OUABAIN AND JERRY COKER was PLAYIN...Read More
The Blues is one of the most common forms in jazz music and is essential to know for a competent jazz musician. The tradition of jazz is steeped in the blues and certainly evolved from this language. The blues has been adopted by many different styles of music, such as rock, country and of course jazz. Jazzers have adapted the blues into their own unique style over the last century, adding more harmonic complexities, re-harmonization, and of course making the blues into a platform for virtuosic improvisation.
Practicing the Blues is a life-long venture, one that both beginners and professionals alike must focus their attention on. It is important to listen to early forms of the blues such as Robert Johnson and others to understand its origins...Read More
Autumn Leaves Bio:
Autumn Leaves was composed by the Hungarian-French Composer Joseph Kosma with lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert. Its original title is “Les Feuilles Mortes” which means “The Dead Leaves.” American songwriter Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics.
The song has an AABA form, meaning the first theme (or section) is repeated, followed by the second theme, and ending on the original theme. It has two common played keys: concert G minor and E minor.
Keep in mind, that if your instrument is not a Concert C instrument (like guitar and piano) you should know how to transpose to your key.
So if you are a Bb tenor sax player, the key Autumn Leaves is in is A minor (a whole step up from the concert key)...Read More