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Jazz Piano Lessons: Practicing the New Bop Scales: Using Approach Patterns

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Let's introduce something else here by way
of making things a little
bit more interesting and
giving us another way to go as
we practice these bop scales,
and our pentatonics, and
everything that's coming up.
We're going to introduce a new track now,
and this is kind of a little funk track,
it has an electric bass on it
rather than an upright bass, or
the organ bass that's on the jazz
tracks we've been working with.
But it's a whole different kind of a head.
And what you'll find is that even.
[SOUND] We're gonna work on, first
we're gonna do the E minor bop scale.
The tempo is quicker here.
It's 108, but you basically,
you're playing at 216.
So what I'd like to do is first start
working on your bop scales
with the metronome.
Work it up to where you're
close to this tempo, and
then you can just play them up and down.
Again, you'll be surprised at how
musical even that simple exercise is.
But, what I'd like to do then is,
as we start to practice the techniques,
as we start to work our approach
patterns in there and so
forth, space it out and that's something
that we should be doing anyway.
Let me illustrate, you'll hear
what the vibe is on this track and
I'm just gonna come right on in and
play our E minor bop scale up,
our A7 bop scale down and
you'll notice the way that
I'm accentuating things.
It's very much still the same idea.
Our time is now gonna be straight rather
than swung, although once you've
gotten in to playing swing,
like I say there's a little bit
of instinct to swing a little
bit the notes even when you're
playing on a straight feel.
The principle of playing kind of
behind the beat also applies here.
It's a different feel, it's a really,
it's a good thing to know.
And to me it's a lot of fun.
When I practice at home I am often
working out on these tracks here,
the funk track, and we also have a Latin
track that gives you another way to go
to keep your interest
refreshed as we're practicing.
So, let's hit the track and I'll kind of
talk about what I'm doing as I do it.
There's our track.
You'll notice that the tempo
is kind of brighter.
What we're going to do here, this is
a little bit like a Motown feel maybe.
But the way that Joel is playing
the drums is maybe a little more like
David Garibaldi from Tower of Power, it's
like we have Chuck Rainy on the bass, and
what I'm going to do is just play our bop
scale going up from the different degrees.
Same exercise we've been doing but
some how it's more fun with this track.
E minor bop scale.
So that's
the kinda thing
we're working on.
Let's do our approach spins; approach
To the next degrees.
And this is how I practice when
I'm practicing on this sort of thing.
Do whatever at you can handle
at this tempo, if you need two
bars between the approach patterns to
figure out your fingering, go for it.
Our new approach pattern.
You can hear that,
that already sounds like music.
Let's play our A7 dominant
bop scale coming down,
since that's what we're using
on our E minor seven chord.
there we
have it.
You can hear that I'm practicing
the scales in there, but
I'm also trying to make
a little melody out of it.
I'm thinking musically, and this is when
practicing really gets out of the drudge
and starts to become fun, because we're
basically improvising our exercises.
And that's great in
several different ways.
It gets us exposure to the idea that we're
gonna need to finger on the fly, but
it's happening in such a way that if
we need to figure out the fingering.
[SOUND] Now how the heck am I gonna
get to this approach pattern here,
[SOUND] you just pick it
up when you're ready.
You'll notice that I'm consistently for
one thing as we're playing you notice
that even when I'm playing these funk
tracks the technique remains the same.
The wrists are very quiet,
the hands aren't hanging off like this.
The shoulders, for
me it's kind of a lifetime battle
to be mindful that they just
need to hang like this.
And that the power, a lot of it,
the pressure comes from the torso.
But I'm not starting to flop around or
get sloppy with it, even when I'm
trying to play in kind of a greasy way.
So everything that applies when we
do our exercises is still going even
when we're playing on a track like this.
We have our A7 stuff, we've been doing
that again since we have our E7 blues and
that's the second chord of that.
But the same principal applies there.
Let me put up the track.
And we will play,
work out a little bit on the A7.
I may also start adding
in some other stuff.
But right now, what we're focusing on is
getting scales under our fingers.
And especially getting our two approach
patterns working with the scale.
There's our track in A.
This is a perfect place to use
those little ninth chords we had.
There's our ninth chord.
A little chromatic alteration.
Again, those are just a half step up or
a half step down.
Let's play motivically for a minute.
Bits and pieces of
stuff that we've learned,
you heard the two approach
patterns go by there,
and I ended with a little
fragment of our A7 bop scale.
Let's focus in a little bit more
on working the bop scales and
the approach patterns.
Let's see if I can do the exercise
with the approach patterns in
a spurs into the bop scales.
Do something
on the way down.
Let's use the other
approach pattern if I can.
We have
a drum break,
go Joel.
That was not intentional.
You can hear though what I'm doing, and
it really makes, an hour can go by while
I'm doing this, and I'm finding things and
I'm figuring out how to do things.
And all the time that's happening, I don't
know if we wanna call it muscle memory or
whatever, but this stuff gets
to where you are just the pilot.
You've got your,
you know however you want to look at it,
your PT boat, your Harley Davidson,
whatever, is cruising underneath you.
And you just need to direct it.
And that's what we're going for.
So practice these.
Mix them up.
Do all that stuff but
do it as you can find it.
Two, three, four, one, two, three, four.
then close the gap as you
get more adept at it.
And have a lot of fun with it.
We also have a Latin track
that's a really great kind of
maybe an early return to Forever Burner.
And these, like everything else,
are available in all 12 keys.
The funk track,
we have it as a modal track like this, and
then we also have it as a two five Or
a one, six, two, five,
which is something that we're gonna
work on in the next ten lessons or so.
This is also available at a faster tempo,
trying to keep you motivated and
keep the practicing as fun as we can.