Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsI want to say a little bit about endings - endings in general, whether you’re playing with a rhythm section or not. Obviously the simplest thing to do is just to slow down and end. If we go from 4 bars from the end.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsOf course, you might be playing with a rhythm section in which case it would be voiced.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsAlthough, again, you can play in root position if you want to. Another thing that people typically do is repeat the last 4 bars 3 times with a rall. In fact, I did a gig a year or so back with an established British jazz musician and he said to the rhythm section before we played “Alright, on every tune just do the last 4 bars 3 times with a rall” - and we did. How does that go? I’ll play it in root position just to show you but, of course, with a rhythm section it would be in voiced position. Let’s go 6 bars from the end - this is the last time.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsOr just the last 2 bars 3 times. Let’s go - same place.

Skip to 2 minutes and 19 secondsOne of the other things you can do, which I like doing a lot, is just to change the last chord. Instead of playing E flat major7, I like to play E major7 say, or D flat7. Let’s have an example.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsOr D flat7.

Skip to 3 minutes and 8 secondsOr go to E flat major7 and establish that as a final chord and then add something like C major7, like this.

Skip to 3 minutes and 31 secondsThere are lots of different ways of ending things. There’s a few ideas for you. The other thing is, as I’ve said, we’ve looked a little bit at intros playing the tune colla voce in whole or in part - you can just play part of it - and then pick up into time. The other thing is outros . Outros is finishing a piece with an improvised extension. There’s a lot one can say about outros. As I say, listen to Keith Jarrett, some of his wonderful outros. It takes us a bit beyond the scope of this course. Let me just give you one example.

Skip to 4 minutes and 12 secondsI going to get through to the end and then I’m going to go down chromatically from say B flat

Skip to 4 minutes and 22 secondsto A minor7 flat5 - I don’t really know what the chords I’m going to play are -

Skip to 4 minutes and 31 secondsthat’s an A flat diminished that’s a G minor 7 - I don’t know what that is - a sharpened fifth? That’s F sharp7 F minor7

Skip to 4 minutes and 52 secondsE major7 home. So you go like this.

Skip to 5 minutes and 25 secondsAnd then some flourishing, rolling ending is again quite typical. But outros - I think I’ll leave it there- and we’ll leave looking at playing in root position as well.

Endings and Outros

Looking at some ideas for playing endings or “outros” in root position.

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Learn Jazz Piano: III. Solo Piano and Advanced Topics

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