Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsI want to look at a little bit of improvising on our major sevenths. In this case the two major sevenths Fmajor7 and Eflat major7

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsusing our three routes to improvisation namely: scalic, chordal and motivic. The first scale that goes with Fmajor7 is F major - the Ionian scale. The scale which goes with Eflat major7 is Eflat major. We’ll just typically run up and down bits of that scale. Then we’ll do some chordal improvising using the major seventh chord - that’s for F major. Similarly, running up and down the notes that make up the major seventh chords. Then finally we’ll do a little bit of motivic improvisation using the opening phrase of the tune. First of all with the voicings in the lower part of the piano.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsNow some chordal.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsNow some tune.

Skip to 2 minutes and 20 secondsNow let’s try our upper voicings.

Skip to 2 minutes and 28 secondsA bit of scalic.

Skip to 2 minutes and 49 secondsNow some chordal.

Skip to 3 minutes and 6 secondsNow some motivic.

Improvising on "Inch Worm"

We will practice improvising on “Inch Worm” using just two major seventh chords.

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