George introduces another way to enhance your bop scales—by using approach patterns. The goal is to work your way up to playing 108 BPM, starting slow and building up to faster and faster tempos. George demonstrates how to play behind the beat and practice the scales over backing tracks.
- Let's introduce something else here…by way of making things a little bit more interesting…and giving us another way to go as we practice…these bop scales and our pentatonics…and everything that's coming up.…We're going to introduce a new track now…and this is kind of a little funk track.…It has an electric bass on it, rather than an upright bass…or the organ bass that's on the jazz tracks…we've been working with.…
But it's a whole different kind of a head…and what you'll find is that even ...…(piano)…We're going to work on first,…we're going to do the E minor bop scale.…The tempo is quicker here.…It's 108, but you basically, you're playing it 216.…So what I'd like to do is first start working…on your bop scales with the metronome,…work it up to where you're close to this tempo,…and then you can just play them up and down.…
You'll be, again, you'll be surprised at how musical…even that simple exercise is.…But what I'd like to do then is as we start to practice…the techniques, as we start to work our approach patterns…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- Adding extensions to guide tones
- Integrating 9th chords
- The 2-5-1 progression
- Practicing essential jazz scales
- The E minor bop scale
- The D major 7 bop scale
- Arpeggiated triads as a melodic device