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Improv in Action.
Okay.
Now we've come to something where,
a moment where we can take a lot
of the varied exercises, theory,
harmony studies, your training,
everything we've worked on so hard.
In little bursts of improv and
put it really to use in action,
you know, kind of improv in action.
Altogether and t,
this is something that I'll build on as,
as we go through the curriculum and
as things to,
because as we cover a new concept I,
I like to put the tools in action.
Put the, put the techniques,
everything we learned into action,
into actually playing on progressions.
We're gonna start out today by, by using
the basic blues progression again,
which we've used a few times.
And it's a very key progression and
it's a good one to kind of explore with.
And we're gonna practice
a way that I've spent many,
many hours in my life practicing, which
is taking a certain aspect of a scale,
of an arpeggio, of a fragment,
of an interval, chord sequence.
One little thing and playing it all the
way through a, a basic chord progression.
In this case, the basic blues and later
we'll, we'll try it with another song.
And as I do it here,
you'll see that I will point out.
Okay.
Now, I'm going to focus on this one note
or this series of notes or this technique
and, and add little things to it.
So let's check it out.
This is a a method that I've used to, to
practice on chord progressions from many,
many years has been very, very beneficial.
Okay?
So the first chorus,
I'm gonna start out, so simple,
it's gonna seem counterintuitive.
But I'm actually only gonna
play the root of each chord
as I go through the progression.
And I'm gonna try to make it sound like
music and make it sound like jazz improv.
So let's give it a try,
here's the basic blues improv in action.
[SOUND] Root only.
[MUSIC]
And we
add the
3rd.
[MUSIC]
The 3rd of
each chord.
[MUSIC]
The next thing I'm gonna
do is add a little grease to that,
I'm gonna slide into each 3rd.
[MUSIC]
I'm a half step under.
[MUSIC]
The
5th.
[MUSIC]
From the root to the 5th.
[MUSIC]
Next one
is root
3rd and
5th.
[MUSIC]
Let's add
a little
grease to
that.
[MUSIC]
Gonna play
a little scale
fragment.
Now, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
On the next
chord.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna go in the opposite direction on
some of the intervals,
starting with the three to the one.
[MUSIC]
Little grease in there too.
[MUSIC]
Same thing in
a totally different
position.
[MUSIC]
Now,
I'm gonna
try 7th
chords.
[MUSIC]
E flat 7.
[MUSIC]
C minor 7th,
F7.
Let's reverse the order.
[MUSIC]
We're just going in a different
order altogether.
[MUSIC]
So,
as you can see,
I was trying many,
many different
things.
Starting from the most very
basic building blocks, right?
Just the 1st note, the root.
The root and the 3rd.
The root, the 3rd and the 5th.
This is actually the possibilities
are quite endless,
'cause you can reverse the order.
You can do it in different positions.
I stayed a lot right in this one position,
'cause I wanted it to be very clear.
But don't forget to take these
exercises and try them here.
[MUSIC]
Or all the way up here.
[MUSIC]
You know, move it in different places and,
and go through it as much as you,
as much as you can.
Same thing with the scales,
playing arpeggios through it.
But it's gonna, the, the,
on the site you'll have a loop
where you can just have this
progression going over and
over and over and over again,
then you can do this for an hour.
You can do this for two hours.
I've done it for longer than that.
I almost got divorced, because of it.
[LAUGH] My wife too little,
stop doing that.
But you know, this is a, a really,
really good exercise and,
and it's the really putting
improv into action.
Taking the tools we've lu, learned,
that we've studied and worked hard on.
And now seeing them actually have a real
effect in the world of improvisation.
I wanna urge one thing too.
As you do that,
do the exercises for a while.
After a while though,
also just try letting go and
just letting your ear guide you and,
and see what happens with that as well.
Okay.
Onwards and upwards.
[MUSIC]