Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsSo now we're going to do a chorus of improvising using our three full blues scales. Remember the full blues scale is the Ionian scale-- easy on the major seventh-- and the flattened third, the flattened fifth, and the flattened seventh. So in case of F--

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 secondsEasy on the major seventh, flattened third, flattened fifth, flattened seventh. In the case of C--

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsEasy on the seventh, flattened third, flattened fifth, flattened seventh. In the case of B flat, the Ionian scale-- Easy on the major seventh, flattened third, flattened fifth, flattened seventh. OK. One. Two. One- two- three- four.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsOK, so now you have your exercise for this session, which is in two parts. Playing first of all with the chords in the left hand, voiced chords in the lower position, and then the second part of the exercise, playing with chords in the upper position. So five choruses, or more if you wish, the tune for the first and last chorus, and then the first chorus improvising using just one American blues scale. Second chorus using the three seventh scales. Third chorus using the three full blues scales. See how you get on.

Improvising using 3 full blues scales

In this video we look at improvising using 3 full blues scales.

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