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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 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 … Let’s use for note patterns either a jazz-inflected quaver … or, triplets … ticketa, 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