Here, start two-handed voicings with the third inversion of the chord in order to do some basic comping. George demonstrates how to play these over the F7 blues chord changes. In addition to the voicings, he also demonstrates how to play them rhythmically so that you can begin to play through the chords in a way that sounds like jazz.
- So let's start with our most basic voicings here…and again, we got to, this is really important stuff…When the Brecker Brothers hired me,…they had never even heard me play a solo.…But they knew that I could do this,…and that I was a good orchestrator…and that I had a good ear.…That I wasn't looking to crowd the scene.…The first voicings we're going to look at…If you take the F7…and play it just in root position you get that,…and I have to say that I almost never,…in fact, I think it's been years…since I played any variety of this basic voicing…with that on top.…
What we're going to do instead...…this is the first inversion of that.…Second inversion.…We're going to work with the third inversion…for the time being.…That's a lot less square than that is.…So let's work with the third inversion here.…And what we're going to do is we're going to take it…and we're going to take the tonic, the F,…and we're just going to drop that an octave.…
So that leaves us with this.…And we're going to voice that down here.…And that, to me, you know, we're not adding anything.…
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- 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