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At this point we have
a wide array of tools going.
We've got our bop scales, our pentatonic
scales, two different approach patterns.
We've got some motivic playing ideas.
We've got chord melodies going.
We've got little interjections
with our left hand.
We can comp with both hands.
I'm gonna talk a little bit about just a
couple devices that you've probably heard
me use, one of which is just this very
simple idea of playing an octave.
I mean.
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>> That's
okay but,
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you can literally double the power of it,
put six strings on a note instead
of just three, by playing octaves.
And I use those freely to just kinda.
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>> That kinda thing.
The other thing you've probably heard
me doing, which I just routinely do,
it's actually a hard habit to break,
is the double stop.
And that's
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two notes at once,
that's kind of a Floyd Cramer thing,
the great country pianist.
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And I'll often use that.
We'll cover those a little bit more later,
but that's a thing to think about is
just making things a third and
greasing up the bottom note.
Let's play on our E7 blues.
This time as I go through,
I'm gonna freely use the different
notes of the pentatonic.
And again, I'm gonna deviate
from playing it as a scale, and
just kind of look at those as a source of
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That kind of thing.
Just use that as, there's a few
shapes that you can play on that,
that aren't good and
provocative in some way.
and if you're listening to yourself play,
you're gonna find yourself doing
some stuff there that's like,
gee, I'm gonna expand on that.
And that's exactly how we get
ourselves playing motifically.
One last note,
is that you often hear me playing
a triplet thing, either
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and that's a really easy thing to do
on the penatonics because again,
there's really no way to hit a wrong note.
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So that sort of thing,
you'll hear some of that go by.
Let's just play this,
I'm gonna record this one,
so that we can print it out as a chart,
and then I'm gonna annotate it,
and try to illustrate some of
the techniques going by as we hear them.
So let’s have a little more fun on
our E7 Blues and then we'll move on.
[SOUND] One, two, three.
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And
there
we
have
it.
That will be available as a PDF with
annotations as to what I'm doing,
what I'm thinking.
We heard bop scales go by,
we heard the whole wealth of things
that we've learned so far,
going by in that sequence.
So we're ready to move on and
start working on filling
out our left hand some now.
May have heard a couple of
these voicing's go by in there,
and I will see you for that lesson.
This is some really good stuff that really
kind of lends much more of a jazz flavor.
We've been working with the tritone's,
the guide tones.
Now we're gonna add a note to that for
our left hand.
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