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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

Skip to 0 minutes and 15 secondsmajor7 using 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 lust 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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Learn Jazz Piano: I. Begin with the Blues

Goldsmiths, University of London

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