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Jazz Piano Lessons: Practicing Pentatonics Using the F7 Blues

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[MUSIC]
Let's put these pentatonic
scales on our F blues now.
Again, what we're gonna do with this.
On our F7, we're gonna go ahead
[MUSIC].
We're gonna use the F
minor seven pentatonic
because when you play the blues,
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it doesn't have to be the natural third.
And the blues scale which
is our F minor pentatonic
with the addition of the B in it
[MUSIC],
is a classic blues device that again
features a flat third
rather than a major third.
So F minor blues on the F seven.
[MUSIC]
Then F minor six blues.
[MUSIC]
Which takes our E flat and
replaces it with a D.
We'll use that on the B flat seven,
back to the F minor pentatonic
then over our G minor seven.
We're going to use just the G minor
seven blues pentatonic scale and
over the C seven.
[MUSIC]
The G minor six pentatonic scale, so
I'm just gonna start up the track,
let's do this first on
our really slow track and
I'm gonna create some shapes
out of our pentatonic.
It's not as simple maybe
as just going
[MUSIC].
We don't want that.
Go ahead and kinda start and stop and
start to get into the habit
of phrasing as we go.
[MUSIC]
That
kind of
thing.
And then,
since we worked on our approach patterns,
[MUSIC],
let's by all means throw those in there
as well.
[MUSIC]
So I'm just going to
play around with these different ideas.
Again, we're using only two tools,
at least I'm going
to at this point as we start to integrate
these pentatonics onto our F seven blues.
One,
two,
three,
[MUSIC].
So, right there,
I put a couple passing tones in but
the essence of that whole thing
is just pentatonic scales,
and a little bit of connecting tissue.
[MUSIC]
From our approach pattern you can hear
some different spots there.
[MUSIC]
I'm making lines only out of that approach
pattern, and
we're gonna learn more of those.
Let's speed this up to 140 bpm now and
just have a listen at that.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Again,
couple
passing
tones
in
there,
just I
can't
help
myself.
But that's the kind of thing that
you can make with just this idea,
the pentatonics stitched together with
a little bit of approach patterns.
So, in our next lesson, we now have quite
an array of places to go on our blues.
We've got our bop scales.
We've got the approach pattern.
We've got pentatonic scales for
a different kind of sound.
We've got some
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this kind of thing that we could go into.
So in our next lesson,
let's take everything we've got so
far and really get our F blues rocking.
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