Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsLet’s now use our playalong track to improvise on a blues using first of all for a chorus just the F American blues scale, that is the root F, the flattened third, the fourth, the flattened fifth, the fifth, the flattened seventh, the octave.

Skip to 0 minutes and 32 secondsLet’s use for note patterns either a jazz-inflected quaver

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 seconds- or triplets -

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsticketa, ticketa, ticketa, ticketa. Because, as we know in jazz, there is this underlying sense of three. Finally, let’s just keep the chords for this exercise in the lower of the two positions. Let’s have a go.

Improvising using F American blues scale

We take a first look at improvising using the F American blues scale.

Charts giving the scales used are given in PDF format at the bottom of this step.

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Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues

Goldsmiths, University of London