Do your fingers ever feel “clumsy” or slow when you play? Would you like to learn how to fly across the keyboard more easily and get your fingers feeling more confident? Then, you’ll love this sweet lesson. Go here and check it out now.
Inside the new jazz scale runs lesson you’ll learn more about:
3 beautiful scale fingering principles.
8 ways to practice scales and get more bang for your buck.
How scales and chords come together to create amazing sounding runs.
And much more…
Want to learn a powerful piano run? Check out this free tutorial.
In this lesson David Garfield teaches you a sweet sounding pentatonic piano run. This type of piano fill can be used over major chords, minor chords, dominant chords, and other types of harmonies as well. One of the coolest things about this piano run is the that the lick is constructed using triplets. Unlike many piano runs that are grouped in 3 or 4, this one is grouped in 5. That means the accent is made on the 5th note played. Inside the video, David breaks down step by step the fingering so you can also get your fingers flying across the keyboard. We suggest you practice this lick slow at first. Use a metronome on a slow speed. Then, once you’ve mastered the fingering, begin to speed up the metronome marking. Try it on the 2 harmonies David demonstrates in the video. Then, begin trying it on different chords. Fast piano runs or piano fills can make you sound like a seasoned pianist. To master the art of playing fast piano fills, you must be disciplined with your fingering. if you practice daily you will be able to play those fast piano fills before long! Piano runs are a great device to fill in some space but just like anything in music you want to use them in a tasteful way. Don’t overuse them. Just use them occasionally to increase the intensity and excitement. They tend to work because you’re often using the whole range of the piano. Often times piano run involve a series or repeated notes over several octaves. These patterns can be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or even 7 note patterns. Often times there is a small pivot into the next octave and then the fingering that occurred on the lower octave occurs on the higher octave. This repetition of fingering and shapes is one of the things that really moves the momentum forward and allows you to zoom all over the keyboard. Make sure you visit the piano lesson link above to get the full tutorial and more tips to help you master this piano run.
Would you like to learn more about chromatic notes? Want to learn how to use chromatic notes to spice up your jazz improvisation? This sample from our brand new course should help. In the video above David shows you how you can use chromatic notes between different scale notes to create a feeling of tension and excitement. Although David is using chromatic notes to decorate the dorian mode and altered scale you can really use this concept on any type of scale or any type of chord. The secret is to know your scales really well. That way you can be very intentional on your landing spots when you do use chromatic notes in your improvisation. Lots of people think that chromatic notes can only be used in jazz but lots of styles of music use this concept. You’ll hear chromatics being used in rock, blues, funk, R&B and even country. In fact, one of the most iconic rock songs of all time, “Day In The Life” by the Beatles has a chromatic notes section. To start mastering this concept one of the first things you’ll want to do is familiarize yourself with the chromatic scale. Although you can think of chromatics descending (in which case you’d use flats to name the notes of the scale) we’ll first look at it ascending. Inside an octave there are 12 notes. C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, and C. If you wanted to start thinking of the chromatic scale and chromatic notes descending it’s usually best to think in flats. G# is the same thing as Ab of course but in many musical situations you have to name them differently. So, if we were to descend we’d call them C, B, Bb, A, Ab, G, Gb, F, E, Eb, D, Db, and finally C. Of course knowing your chromatic notes is really just the starting point. So, how do you make great music with them? How can you use it in your improvisation? Inside the new program David breaks down the scale from an improvisers perspective, the fingerings, and tons of musical patterns and variations you can use to create really interesting melodies and ideas. In fact, he does that for pretty much every scale you need to know in today’s jazz improvisation scene. It’s truly amazing everything he covers. We will be releasing the “Jazz Improvisation Super System” 3 DVD set click below Make sure you go to Freejazzlessons.com to grab a copy. If you have questions about this lesson or the new course please leave a comment below. We’re happy to help and we truly look forward to sharing music with you further!