Exercises

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Week 3 Exercises

  1. Play “You Took Advantage Of Me” in root position using arpegiation

  2. Play “In Your Own Sweet Way” colla voce in root position making some use of “question and answer”

  3. Play and improvise on “In Your Own Sweet Way” with a playalong

  4. Play the sample bass line for a C blues and (if possible)
    (i) improvise over the top
    (ii) make up your own bass line
    (iii) improvise over the top of your own bass line

  5. Play the sample bass line for “Satin Doll” and put voiced chords over the top for supporting a soloist in a duo format and (if possible) make up your own bass line

  6. Play “Satin Doll” in root position to support a soloist
    (i) playing four chords to the bar
    (ii) playing two chords to the bar and indicating the other beats with the thumb or thumbs

  7. Play “How Deep Is The Ocean” in root position
    (i) colla voce
    (ii) in time
    (iii) with an improvised line

  8. Practice some of the endings discussed (rallantendo, last 4 bars 3 times with rall, last 2 bars 3 times with rall, pause on chord semitone above or tone below before playing final chord, add chord in another tonal centre) with some of the standards we have met

  9. If you can, make up some outros for some of the standards we have met

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Learn Jazz Piano: III. Solo Piano and Advanced Topics

Goldsmiths, University of London