Proper practice is incredibly important when learning an instrument. In this video, George shows how to practice the bop scales you learned in the previous lessons. He discusses why it’s important to practice the scales with a swing feel, how to accent the notes on either the up beat or down beat placing, and why varying those accents can lend to more dynamic playing.
- Working these scales out…on the metronome and on the play along track,…I'm just going to play them,…I'm going to put the metronome on two and four.…It's worth also remembering as you do this,…that we do strive to be able to, if we want to,…to play with a nice forceful, very consistent approach.…Something more like…the way that a classical pianist might practice…for real, real consistency.…
Anthony Jackson, the great bass player,…spent years practicing his bass…with it attached to a VU meter,…so that he could check and make sure that…from beat to beat, he was 100% consistent…with the force at which he's playing each note on the bass,…which is classic Anthony, if you know Anthony.…But it's worthwhile being able to do that,…so maybe you do want to do a pass.…You know, you're swinging away…and then you want to do a pass.…(piano)…Something like that.…
Try every possible articulation.…Being mindful of where you are in relation to the time.…So just quickly looking that these…last three scales with the metronome.…(metronome)…
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