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Jazz Piano Lessons: Practicing E7 Blues Elements

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Let's have some fun in E7 at this point.
As I've been doing,
I'm gonna try to restrict what I'm playing
to just everything that
we've already had a look at.
But as you'll hear there's a really
just a wealth of places that you can go.
It's a good skill to be able to
[MUSIC]
to keep the line going.
When I first got into playing jazz,
I was really fascinated with the guys who
could really spin out these long lines.
Chic correa was so really good at that and
is still so great at that.
But as far as melodic imagination goes,
let's kind of use what we've
learned about playing motivically,
building a little bit of a story.
And I'll try to use all the elements that
we have under our fingers at this point.
I'm gonna play the blues in E,
play a long track at 110 beats per minute.
[MUSIC].
And there we have a bunch
of ideas on an E7 blues.
I found myself coloring outside
the lines just a little tiny bit, but
basically everything you heard in
there is stuff that we've learned and
you can hear that I'm dividing it up.
I'm really thinking on it.
I'd like to reiterate that
if you can sing along,
if you can even just croak along
with what you're doing,
it's a really great way to help this stuff
[MUSIC].
If you can do that, that is really
a terrific way to kind of double
your money's worth as you practice
because you're just not getting a muscle
memory thing, you're not just getting
the feel of this under there,
but you're also getting to where you
could even do this, kind of, in your car.
It's a great ear training exercise.
When I was at Berkeley in years past,
one thing that I used to do,
I would constantly walk around, and
I would be singing little melodies to
myself, imagining what they sounded like.
And I had my hand kinda down here and
I would be fingering it as I went.
And I spent probably thousands of hours
walking around with my metronome and
my real book under my arm doing
these little mental exercises.
I think that it's a way to advance your
cause while you're on the subway or
at the doctor's office.
I mean how many ladies
home journal can you read?
Take advantage of your time
to do some of that and
if you can sing even if it's not pretty,
sing along with what you're doing and
it'll help you get where
you're trying to go.
And I'll see you for the next lesson.
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