George demonstrates how to properly practice guide tones over a backing track—in this case, the F7 blues. He explains how to finger the guide tones, play them with a swing feel, and move the guide tones around as you play. He also shows how you can practice simple patterns and chord melodies over your progression.
- Let's work on our guide tones and…there's not too much point…(piano music)…practicing them on a modal track,…a static track that just sits on the chord.…'Cause you're just going to find yourself doing this.…Let's move them around a little bit.…Let's go right ahead and put them on the blues.…And let's see if we can be a little bit creative…with what we're doing on these.…I'm going to play the blues track at 110 BPM,…the F7 blues track.…
And just kind of lay these in…in kind of a jazzy way.…One thing that's very important to keep in mind…with your left hand is that it's got to swing…just as hard as your right hand.…I can think of piano players where the left hand…is really the swing in his thing.…People tend to want to push it…with the left hand for some reason.…There's something exciting about playing…with their left hand for a minute.…It's got to sit in the pocket.…It's got to kind of be rolling a triplet.…We're going to do a little exercise with it coming up…that helps you hear the triplet feel.…
But for now let's just lay it in on the blues.…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- 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