Category Jazzy Bluesy Lessons

Jazz Glide Progression with the help of Kenny Barron Voicing?

 Last week I showed how to play the Kenny Barron voicing how about below.

Here you can hear me play these voicing with my Band Blues Embassy

C  G  D  /  Eb  Bb  F

And I showed you how you can use it for major chords too – here’s C major 7 #4:

C  G  D  /  E  B  F#

But this week I want to show you a new type of chord progression that uses these 2 voicings:

Start by playing the C minor 11 voicing…

Now transpose all of your left hand notes down a half-step, while keeping your right hand the same – and play the chord again…

This time you’ll end up playing a B major 7 #4 (the major Kenny Barron voicing built from B):

It sounds smooth and sophisticated.

Next, play the B major 7 #4 chord that you just played – and this time transpose your right ha...

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Basic Music Composition Techniques pdf | Jazz Voicing Upper Structures

Free Composing Software

The best part is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. In fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all. There is a great notation software program called musescore, and it is available for mac or pc for free. The sound is usually not the greatest, but you can also look for SF2 sound files on the internet and load them into the program.

Sibelius First

And here are some free soundfonts. These can be used with Musescore to get a better sound out of the program:

Upper structures, also called upper structure triads, are triads that have been superimposed above a tritone...

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Funk Piano Scales|Modes explained Dorian, Phrygian, Mixolydian, Lydian, Phrygian…

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...

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blues chords piano progressions

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.

Having access some 100 ultimate piano blues riff  by Andrew Gordon is an exhaustive guide to some of the best musical phrases that make up blues piano/keyboard playing

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...

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Free jazz music downloads

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...

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Jazz Improvisation Exercises pdf

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...

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Take 12 Bar Blues Challenge in ALL KEYS

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...

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“Autumn Leaves” Piano Tutorial

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)...

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what does the locrian mode sound like

Would you like to learn more about the locrian mode? This video will help.

In today’s tutorial I break down the theory, construction, and improvise tips to help you add the locrian scale into your bag of tricks.

The first thing to keep in mind when learning this mode is that it’s the 7th mode of the major scale.

This is usually where people start when learning more about modes.

But, often times people will do a weird shortcut in their brain where if they’re playing B locrian mode they often times just think C major scale.

The problem that comes in with this method of thought is you end up playing lines that don’t really sound great over half diminished chords.

It’s best to think of locrian as it’s own entity in itself.

In terms of music theory, I like to use this scale over half diminishe...

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How To Play Block Chords (JAZZ PIANO) Part 1/2

Hi! Today I want to show you how they are able to “block out” some chords and play the “block chords” style. And the “block chords” style is pretty much like this: For precedent...

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