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you made it though the first level of our
jazz piano course here at ArtistWorks.
If you didn't go through and make sure
that you understand the concepts that
we're talking about in that first level,
I really encourage you to go back.
And just make sure, for example,
that you understand the reasoning behind
the eight note bop scale, and some
other concepts that we've talked about.
Because everything else is
built on that foundation, and
as the lessons evolve you'll see why.
At this point, we've got some really great
tools to sound like a pro on the blues.
Our ear training is well underway, stick
with that because it's really important.
The ear is the master chef in our kitchen,
I would rather hear somebody
with a terrific ear play,
who knows nothing of theory, then somebody
who's got all the theory and no ear.
I can actually think of musicians
that I know who I was shocked when I
found out they just do everything by ear.
They don't even know what key they're in,
but they're that good with the ear.
So stick with that.
Next up, we're gonna take
a really good look at harmony.
And the way that it functions, we're gonna
get you going quick playing some jazz
chords with our left hand,
and then with both hands.
We're gonna do some exercises to work on
our time because where you put the notes
in space in jazz is really just as
important as what the notes are.
We're gonna learn a great new tool
in this next series of lessons,
the pentatonic scale which lends
more breadth to your lines.
It sweeps across the keyboard better.
It's a different color.
You'll enjoy that when we get there,
as I'll explain.
We're gonna take our blues to another key,
so that everything we're doing already,
that'll give us six of
our 12 dominant chords.
Which is a pretty cool thing, because the
more keys you know things in, the better
you're gonna be at looking at a chart and
playing great on a standard sight unseen.
We're gonna keep it up with
the approach patterns.
Which we're gonna learn
another one in here.
And those are such great
hinges between things.
They're almost like a can't-fail device.
So there's a lot coming up in level two
here of our ArtistWorks jazz piano course.
Let's dig right in.