George discusses the importance of practicing with good habits. When practicing, you should aim to play in a relaxed mode, play with correct posture, and play with a proper arch to your fingers. He continues by discussing the value of good habits and demonstrates how you can use these habits when practicing the F7 bop scale.
- Okay, let's start working out now on our first jazz scale.…Before we do though, I'd like to just make a few comments…on practicing technique in general.…It's important that before we dig in…and start practicing, that when we're practicing…we're burning in the good habits.…And the really essential good habit…to me is that we're burning in a relaxed mode…when we play the piano.…
When I first started to play jazz,…I was so eager to play it,…and I was really quite anxious, I guess.…I found it kind of frustrating…and my shoulders would come up like this,…and I would be playing like this.…I ended up kind of getting in a habit…of being uptight when I practiced.…And it took me a while to get out of that.…First thing, as you practice this,…you got to have your shoulders down.…
It's a biofeedback thing.…It says I'm relaxed,…and then since you're relaxed,…they don't tend to go up like this in the first place.…You might see Keith Jarrett play,…and he's all over the place with his posture and so forth.…But for mortal men, working on relaxation is essential.…
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- The blues in F
- Building a scale out of the F7 chord
- The B flat 7 bop scale
- The G minor 7 bop scale
- The C7 bop scale
- Practicing guide tones