In this video, George demonstrates how to practice the pentatonic scales in an articulated jazz way, with good fingering, starting on different degrees of the pentatonic scale. First, he plays straight with the time, and then alternatively, lays back on the time. As much as practice is about playing with good technique, George explains how playing rhythmically is just as important.
- What we're going to do when we practice these…is very similar to what we did with our bop scales.…We're going to play them in kind of an articulated jazz way…and for the time being just to get them under there…in the right sort of way with good fingering.…Let's just play them up and down,…we're going to start on different degrees…of the pentatonic and I'm going to do a little example…of the way I practice when I practice…and you'll hear a lot of stuff go by.…
You'll hear real straight time with a lot of power,…you'll hear a lot of pretty lopsided swing sound,…as I experiment with laying back against the click.…You know testing that elasticity,…testing my ability to stay with the time…as I practice way back behind the beat.…You'll hear different combinations of accents…and so forth and I'm just trying to get this thing…really fluid under there because you can really…move on these things.…
When you're soloing even at a very up tempo,…these they just really sound great.…In future lessons we're going to start discussing…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We're pleased to host this training in our library.
- 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