Since our weather has been so blue up here, i thought it might be fun to work on our improv skills with minor pentatonic blues scales. Pentatonic scale is one of the easiest scales to master. Tim richards deserves to be commended for the amount of work, insight, and vision that went into making this book. The exercises are written in all 12 keys and are great concepts for any musician involved in jazz improvisation. Special edition open now detailed step by step lessons. Heres a little something that ive been working with in the studio this week. Ability to compose piano music by using the pentatonic scale. The major blues scale is some less common than the minor blues scale and therefore we start with minor and you find the major by scrolling down. This guide has all the information from the course and serves as an excellent reference if you would like to print it out or view on a tablet or computer screen.
Note that scale degrees 10 is the same as 3, 12 the same as 5, 14 the same as 7, and 15 the same as and root. Free online piano improvisation lessons keyboard improv. Students are improvising before they have a chance to be worried about it. It is my hope that the content is accessible to a wide range of player skills.
On this page you can find full length video lessons which cover all of the essential theory. Whereas most books offer little more than models for imitation and exercises for practicing, this one adopts an approach specifically. Blues scales for piano adding a blue note to the regular pentatonic scale gives the pentatonic blues scale. Listen, listen, listen carefully to anyone playing jazz or improvising. This is an extract from chapter 7 of my ebook learn jazz piano book 1. This is the hardest part about learning to use the major blues scale. Major blues c d eb e g a c used with major 69, dominant 4,7, chords, characteristic of swing and rock styles of the 40s and 50s. Improvising blues piano download ebook pdf, epub, tuebl. Highlights of the art of improvisation the art of improvisation is a twovolume set that includes the features listed below, and more, to help you learn and master jazz improvisation. Over 350 concise musical examples to illustrate what youre learning.
They just ooze that minor bluesy vibe or sweet major vibe. All of these are chord tones ct, and therefore, these are not tensions. Click download or read online button to get improvising blues piano book now. Pdf total guitar the ultimate scale book guilherme. This is a lesson for beginners explaining how to improvise using the blues scale. These notes create a pentatonic 5note scale that is easy to see, and can be accompanied effectively by just one or two chords. The new minor blues scale has the same sound, however, it requires training the. To play and improvise jazz piano, you must have a good knowledge of jazz piano scales and jazz piano modes. No portion of this book may be reproduced in any way wo express written permission.
Start with the blues scale, stay with the blues scale, and eventually become. The 2 lessons above and the book are a fantastic combination i started playing saxophone as a teenager in my grammar school band and quickly became addicted to the sax. In the blues i might jump between 10 different patterns during the same solo, but they are still just patterns. Its such an essential tool of blues playing that you. I play baritonsax in a blues band and it would help me a lot in my improvisations. If you are new to jazz piano, check out the lessons on the major and minor scales.
For right hand fingering, start on the a with your thumb. Pentatonic scales are killer scales to play over blues and over iivv changes. The scale is made up of the notes a, c, d, e sharp, e, g, and a. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Major blues with b7 c d eb e g a bb used with dominant 7,9, chords 4. Dont put it off until tomorrow or until you have the scale under better control. The only book ever published showing the beginning jazz soloist how to improvise a real solo using only scales, the major and minor blues scales. There is not a single group of scales that can be called jazz scales a jazz pianist uses lots of different scales. Concerning keys, f, bb, eb and ab are all common in jazz since they works well for brass instrument.
How to improvise on piano using the blues scale youtube. In this piano course we will use what we know about chords from the accompaniment courses, learn the blues and start improvising wonderful music based on a few simple rules. The exercises in this book use the major scale, pentatonic scale, blues scale, and chromatic scale. After the pentatonic minor scale and major scale, the blues scale is probably the most widelyused scale in guitar improvisation.
Everyone secretly wishes to sit next to the piano, close their eyes and let magic happen. Learn how to play the a blues scale on piano free video. I have quite a few students who are fans of playing the blues. You must learn and be able to play the blues scale if youre going to be a blues piano player. Creating realtime music through jazz improvisation.
These notes create a pentatonic 5note scale that is easy to see, and can be. For many students, when starting out with blues improvisation, its very easy to get locked inside the notes of the blues scale and never deviate away from 6 tones. Lets learn the blues scales on piano and keyboard in every key. They are shown how jazz first evolved around jazzin up the melody, and are taught basic scales to use when improvising blues scale, dominant. Blues piano improvisation advice and tips play blues. At this point in our study of the blues, now its time to introduce the blues scale. A daily scale practice routine for development of jazz improvisational facility. Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist tim richards.
How to really improvise using the blues scale youtube. We offer a complete course in piano and keyboard improvisation. A blues scale consists of 6 different notes, namely the root, flat 3rd, 4th, flat 5th, 5th and flat 7th of the major scale. In this book youll use the yes concepts below, not the typical no methods. Improvisation and performance for classical and acoustic guitar the intention of this book is to provide you with musical instruction and material to assist you in learning improvisation, along with fundamental tone production and performance techniques. Whereas most books offer little more than models for imitation and exercises for practicing, this one adopts an approach specifically designed to encourage and enable. This easytouse book includes standard music notation and tab and gives you the basic tools to make great, authenticsounding jazz solos. All this makes me believe that improvisation is a lot less about making something happen out of thin air and more about pulling from your abilities bag of tricks so quickly that is seems like magic. Every scale determines a key,that is an harmonic combunation of tones based on that scale. Pdf discover blues improvisation download full pdf. Often new players are drawn to the instrument because of a desire to play the blues. Despite its name, the blues scale is not only used in blues music. It can be used over anything including the 12 bar blues, funk and jazz providing the key doesnt change. Scales shown in all keys and treble and bass clefs include blues, ionian, dorian, phrygian, locrian as well as whole tone, chromatic, augmented and many more.
These scales are for obvious reason perfect when playing blues on the piano. A daily dose of scales for improvisation treble clef blue cover bass clef red cover. This book is the first volume in a series designed to help the student of jazz piano learn and apply jazz scales by mastering each scale and its uses in improvisation. Haerle presents the scales used in improvisation and explains applications. Here are pictures and notes of the major pentatonic blues scales. Learn to play piano by chords blues and improvisation. Free minor pentatonic blues scale chart saras music studio.
The piano improvisation handbook offers a comprehensive overview of the practical skills and theoretical issues involved in mastering all forms of piano improvisation, including classical, jazz, rock and blues. There are a total of 430 finger exercises in this book. The scales are used often for composing melodies and for improvisation. For instance, in the c blues scale the notes are c eb f gb g. The new minor blues scale has the same sound, however, it requires training the fingers to find the new notes. Special edition open now a comprehensive step by step course on soloing and improvisation.
These are the four most common scales in pop and rock music. A nice combination are the chords am7, dm7 and e7 together with the a pentatonic blues scale. If you are not sure how to build your pentatonic scales or what a relative minor is, you can learn all of that in some of my free play sax by ear crash course. Move up the scale finger by finger until you hit the e sharp with your fourth finger. Improvisation and performance techniques for classical and. All styles including rock, pop, jazz, blues, and classical. This book does a superior job at giving you the knowledge to make something musical in the blues piano idiom right from the beginning. To play the blues is a fascinating undertaking because it can be both simplistic and yet intangibly tricky to master. Download our free pdf versions of each scale with fingering. Blues piano improvisation the blues scale ok, ok one scale, then no more theory. A big jazz musician wrote a sentence in his book and he was particularly struck by it when i was eighteen and it simply said that blues is the soul of jazz.
Personal guidance to give you individual feedback and practice suggestions. This book is for musicians who already know the basics of guitar, but are looking for a lowstress introduction to the art of jazz improvisation. But there are typical scales used in jazz and here is an overview. Ability to improvise any song using the pentatonic scale. Piano pentatonic blues scales overview with pictures. Major scales, modes of the major scale, harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale modes of melodic minor, wholehalf diminished, halfwhole. Blues music scales chart for jazz improvisation jazz theory. Blues scales blues is an irresistible tonality for a guitar player. This sassy scale will enable you to riff, solo and improvise as you play your favorite rock or blues songs. Pdf scales for jazz improvisation download full pdf book. This is a valuable book, with an innovative and wellexplained approach to using blues scales in jazz improvisation. Guitar coach jamming in the em pentatonic overview easy soloing. Easytoread explanations of 7 elements of improvisation, in 5 skill levels.
Or, in the same way, the g blues scale with the chords g7, c7 and d7. Then begin improvising on a major or minor blues structure, just using blues scale notes. But this book can also be used on its own as a stand alone reference guide to scale diagrams, lead guitar soloing strategies, modal playing, learning to play over chord changes, and much more. The longest musical phrase begins with a single note. Improvisation is introduced gradually, starting with 2measure phrases using only a few chord tones at a time.
A comprehensive approach for the beginning blues player, featuring instruction in improvisation and theory, appealing pieces with improvisation options, and blues ear training. Tim wrote the well known exploring jazz piano and improvising blues piano books and has several others to his name. Mar 16, 2017 this is a lesson for beginners explaining how to improvise using the blues scale. Youve probably heard us say this many times before. Learn how to improvise with a special and unique method. We will begin by improvising melodies using only the black notes of the piano. Jazz piano basics dan davey tensions are non chord tones that are added to a chord to change the colortexture of the chord. The blues scales will become my essential tool for teaching improvisation at roosevelt high school. As the name indicates, this scale consists of 5 notes. Knowing the pentatonic scale helps you to create many. Pentatonic patterns for improvisation sample course guide book the pentatonic foundation course also comes with a pdf guide book. Volume 1 focuses on the major scale, illustrating the scale in all twelve keys with complete fingerings. The fingerings of the major blues scale resemble fingerings that you may already know for the minor blues scale but starting on different notes.1137 468 570 1148 1257 73 339 951 505 635 1009 1301 997 600 166 746 1014 972 1229 236 1229 1094 705 1432 665 1456 504 1182 755 1380 999 1056 1492 997 729 337 34 43