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Jazz Advanced,
Playing into a Trio Situation part 1.
This lesson is called
Playing in a Trio Situation.
And it's kind of a sequel to another
lesson you'll find within the Tricks and
Techniques blog.
And that lesson is called
Comping with 3rds and 7ths.
And here I'm gonna show you how to use
those devices even more, when playing
just with bass and drums and no piano,
no chordal instruments behind you.
You've got way more space to fill out, and
then it's nice to be able to use some
chords in between the solo lines.
So what I'm gonna do here is.
Basically comp myself with,
with some like,
your only 3rds and, and, and,
and a 7th interval from a chord.
For instance, E flat minor,
the minor 7th, minor 3rd, and the 7th.
So without the root,
just doing, doing like this.
And to, if you haven't watched
that other lesson, go back and
check that out first so you know all
these voicings and how to use them.
And then I'm gonna add some more notes and
then add some full chords too.
And I might break down some of those
chords afterwards so you know what so
you know what I was doing.
So, here's a song called Body and
Soul, an old standard.
And I'm gonna improvise
over it in a trio setting.
'Cause there are quite a few
backing tracks on this site and
among the AGU tunes with just bass and
drums, with no chordal instruments.
So it's a good opportunity
to practice that, and, and.
Get a hold of get a grip
on how to do that.
So, here we go.
[MUSIC]
Jazz Advanced,
Playing in a Trio Situation, Part 2.
In the second part of Playing In
this Trio Setting I'm
gonna talk about finding voicings for
the chords.
Where you find the guideline on top.
Like a chromatic line going down, and
we stay on the same note, for instance.
Let me show a little bit,
just a little bit,
when I'm playing together with the backing
track of Body and Soul once again.
I'll show you,
I'm gonna show you what I'm talking about.
And then I'll talk a little bit about it,
and break it down straight afterwards.
So here we go.
[MUSIC]
Yeah,
so as you could hear,
I'm trying to
find melodies
on top with
these chords
where you can
just stay on
the same note
when the chord
changes or move
like half a step down,
half a step up.
A whole step down, a whole step up.
Trying to keep the voicings kind of close.
So instead of just playing one chord
like here and next here and next here.
So for instance, I started on
an E flat major, minor I'm sorry.
E flat minor 7 chord like this.
[SOUND] And for the next chord, B flat 7.
And I found the voicing
with the flat 9 on top.
Sharp 5, flat 9.
So I went from.
[MUSIC]
Back.
[MUSIC]
The next chord, D7.
Or if you're wanting to play A flat.
[MUSIC]
It's the same as a D9,
to D flat 6 9.
To G flat 13, 9.
F minor 7.
[MUSIC]
And then E diminished.
[SOUND] Continuing down.
C minor 7 flat 5 with, with a natural 9.
F7.
[SOUND] B, B minor.
[SOUND] For instance, so
I'll play it up to that point.
[MUSIC]
If you
even wanna
go there
you can.
[MUSIC]
So
I'm trying to voice it really closely and
I think that sounds great cuz then you
will hear that guide, guide melody on top.
[MUSIC]
Even if you wanna go up.
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] All the way up.
[SOUND] So you can go that way and
then you can combine both.
Go up a little bit, down a little bit.
And then after a while, you can start
doing these larger intervals too.
[MUSIC]
Like a chord solo.
So this is great when playing in a trio
setting 'cause you're really filling
out a lot of the, the space.
That you have available.
And it's gonna sound pretty empty if
you just play single string notes,
even though, I mean, if you fill it
out with 16th notes and played fast.
It's gonna sound better to have
some of these chords in there.
[MUSIC]
So
play along
with this
backing track,
Body and
Soul.
And upload a video of you performing and
playing the single string lines
combined with the chords.
And combined with.
Some of these 3rds and 7ths.
[SOUND] And upload a video and
I'll have a look at it.
And for the next part, the third part,
we're gonna focus on the rhythm.
How to make it sound
interesting rhythmically, so
you might wanna try out that too.
Thank you.
[MUSIC]
Jazz Advanced,
Playing in a Trio Situation Part 3.
In the third part of Playing in
the Trio Setting, I'm gonna talk about
how to make it interesting
rhythmically with these chord shapes.
And how to make it swing.
I'm gonna start by playing once again.
Just a little bit together
with a backing track and
try to follow some of my
rhythmic ideas here and
I'll try to explain it straight
afterwards, here we go.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So
when playing
chords and
comping within
jazz, it's
important
to use
syncopation.
And syncopation is one of the like,
the keys to making it really swing and
sound jazzy.
So, if we got one, two, three,
four like one and two and three and four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Then combining it with
putting the chords on the beats.
[MUSIC]
Like.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
And some rhythms
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The triplets.
[MUSIC]
Claudino triplets.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The other syncopation.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So you've got a few ideas.
I started like on the one and
one and two and
three, four and one and two, and three.
Four, and one, and two, and
three, and four, and one,
and two, and three, and
four and, one, and two and,
three and, four, and one and,
two, and three and, four and.
You can do all kinds
of variations to that.
And then mixing it up with,
with putting the chords on the beat.
Like one, two, three and, four and, one.
There's so man, many variations to this.
You can try it yourself.
After a while it's gonna
start feeling natural.
You can improvise around it.
And then I also did some quarter note
triplets, like one, two, da, da,
da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da.
[MUSIC]
And sometimes short.
[MUSIC]
Sometimes long.
[MUSIC]
Then.
[MUSIC]
So try that and upload videos for
me to review while you're improvising in a
trio setting using scale scales of course,
melodies.
Combined with chords and
some of these 3rds and 7th note voicings.
And also think about the rhythmic
aspect of it to make it sound really
interesting both rhythmically and
melodically and harmonically.
So looking forward to seeing and
hearing your submissions.
[MUSIC]