Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsI hope you feel that you can do some improvising on “All The Things You Are”, as I say, one of the more complicated standards that people play. When you are playing it then there are quite a number of places where you have a major seventh to improvise over. For example, the first 4 bars takes you to A flat major7, the next four bars takes you to C major7, the next 4 bars takes you to E flat major7, the next 4 bars to G major7. What we are going to look at here is hot licks on a major seventh. For simplicity I’ve chosen C major7, but it would be good if you could do it in other keys.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsSo maybe you can use your Audacity or Transcribe, or whatever, to try doing this exercise in different keys - the principle keys, or if you are that enthusiastic all 12 keys. It’s good development for your ear.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsRemember the procedure: I’ve built myself a playalong out of iRealB, it’s sort of medium paced, just one chord Cmajor7. I’ll play C6/9 first of all and play more in the middle of the piano. Then after a bit I’ll play the second inversion of C major7 and play a bit higher up the piano. I’ll play a phrase, you echo the phrase, I’ll echo it as well and you should be able to detect if there is a discrepancy - that’s assuming I play the phrase exactly the same again. Let’s have a go.

Hot Licks 2 on a major seventh

We utilise some hot licks again this time on C major seventh.

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Learn Jazz Piano: II. Improvising on Jazz Standards

Goldsmiths, University of London