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Jazz Piano Lessons: Essential Jazz Scales: The E Minor Bop Scale

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[MUSIC]
First scale we need to get into,
to add to our vocabulary to play
a two five to D is the E minor seven or
the E minor bop scale.
And this follows the same format
as our previous minor bar scales,
In that we've added a little note.
[MUSIC]
The C here to make an eight note scale.
[MUSIC]
So, let's take
a look at how we finger that.
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Follows a little bit of a familiar formula
for us in that there's
a group of two that I
usually play with my thumb and
my first finger.
Then there's two groups of three.
In this case, it's one two, one two three,
one two three, one two, one two three,
one two three, one.
Let's look a little bit at our E minor
seven chord, what it's built of.
Same as ever, there's our E minor triad.
And then we're adding the 7th to it.
[MUSIC]
And in our left hand now we have this
voicing where we're adding the F sharp,
which is the nine on there.
To put it,
a little bit of a buzz on there.
[MUSIC]
And the scale that we've chosen,
once again if we look at
the notes that are on the beat,
[MUSIC]
Which are the notes that anyone listening
hears as the harmony.
And in our effort to be in sync with
the harmony at this point in our playing,
we want those notes on the beat.
Otherwise, it sounds like we're
fishing away on something that might be
related to the harmony, but might not.
By putting these things on the beat,
we are really in sync with the harmony.
We're like this with the harmony
as opposed to kinda doing this.
So let's play these up.
Again, on the way down,
I play
[MUSIC].
I play the A seven, bop scale from the E.
So in order to practice these,
we would go
[MUSIC].
[SOUND] In order to practice these,
we'll be just playing up
the scale with the metronome,
swinging it the way we do.
[SOUND] One, two, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Then on the way down you can here in
there that I was
experimenting a little bit
as I got higher with laying back further.
I'm accenting different notes, I'm trying
to imagine what I would do to make
something as simple and unadorned as that
sound like music, sound like a bop line,
and what I would do to be honest is keep
varying the way that I'm articulating it.
On the way down we're gonna
start with the second finger and
you'll see why in a second.
Two, one, three, two, one,
two, one, three, two, one,
three, two, one, two, one three, two.
This is why we started with the two.
One three two one two one three two.
And as always,
we want to get to where we can really
rip these off quite efficiently.
[MUSIC]
Like this.
So again, lets put our metronome up,
lets try to make it sound like music.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
There's
our E minor
bop scale.
We already have our A7 stuff together,
because if you remember that's
the second chord in our blues in E.
So we got a little bit of
a head start with that.
And we will take a look next
at the D major bop scale.
And then we'll be in a position to start
making some music on a two, five in D.
We have play-along tracks
at all the different tempos
in every different key that make it
really easy to work on this stuff.
I also created some where the two five
instead of being the typical configuration
which is one, two, three, four,
one, two three, four, one.
Like this,
a bar per each on the E minor and
the A seventh, we have some that give you
some extra time to get your act together.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three,
four, one, two,
these things are two bars long each.
And that let's you play more of the scale,
kinda get your head around maybe which
approach pattern you're gonna
put on when that comes up.
For now, there is our E minor bop scale,
add it into your practice and
your vocabulary and we will look
at the D major 7 bop scale next.
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