Building on what you've learned, George shows some basic gospel/bluesy chord voicings that are instantly recognizable, as they have been part of the jazz vocabulary since the 1950s. They are very simple, but have a classic sound that's essential for building your jazz piano skills.
- Let's look at these very simple voicings…that I'm going to show you that are…part of the jazz vocabulary since the '50s,…Horace Silver used a lot of this kind of thing.…We hear it a lot, Les McCann is a brilliant piano player…that everybody should listen to.…And these things, they're very, very…is that everything moves down to the next note in the scale.…
(gentle piano music)…If it was chromatically, it would be,…(gentle piano music)…now I'm moving everything down exactly the same amount,…everything's moving down a half step,…everything moved down a whole step.…Diatonically means that you move it down…but everybody moves to the next note in the scale.…In this case, the F Mixolydian scale which is basically…the B flat scale starting from the five.…We don't need to know all that for right now,…for right now what we're going to do is look at…a little voicing that appears all over the place.…
And that's this.…We're the flat seven on the bottom,…then we're going to play the G.…And the G is, it's the second note…of the scale we're on, which is the F7 scale.…
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- Playing with both hands
- Basic jazz vocabulary
- Practicing pentatonics using approach patterns
- Combining bop scales, pentatonics, and approach patterns
- Adding guide tones
- Building a motif around a combination of notes