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Jazz Piano Lessons: Essential Jazz Scales: D Minor, G7 & C Major Bop Scales

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[MUSIC]
Let's get our
two five going to C.
The people's key.
The chord here, first chord
we're gonna work on, D minor 7.
D, F, A, and C.
We've got our D minor triad
[MUSIC].
Straight up, add the seventh we get a,
kind of a jazz flavor to it.
Then we go to G 7, and then C major 7.
That's the major 7 right there.
As we've been doing,
the minor bop scale is going to go up and
have a little bit of an extra
degree between 5 and 6 and
the natural 7 as opposed to a flat 7.
So the scale
[MUSIC]
You can see it's D, E, F, G, A.
Our passing tone, A sharp, to B, C sharp.
[MUSIC]
Let's
take a look at the fingering here,
the way I do it.
One two three, one two three, one three,
one two three, one two three, one three
[MUSIC].
Something about the bop scales that
they just seem to all naturally fall
into that little group of fingering.
I haven't really focused on it, but
there's not a natural way to get
the fourth and
the fifth involved with most of these.
The way that they kind of rotate and
the place that the passing tone falls,
tends to make me just want
to finger them like that,
with the two groups of three and
a group of two.
On the way down,
we're gonna use our G7 bop scale.
And it's a very similar idea.
[MUSIC]
We're
gonna start with our two,
because we're coming down off of that.
Two, one, three, two, one, two,
one, three, two, one, three,
two, one, two, one, three, two, one,
three, two, one, two, one, three, two.
So
[MUSIC]
we're gonna wanna practice those in
the way that we've been
practicing our tracks.
Start with either the metronome,
to kinda get them up to speed,
then you might start putting them
on our slow play-along tracks.
When you get them fast enough, you'll
wanna put them maybe on that funk track
at 108 beats per minute.
Practice them with
the different articulations.
When you get to the funk track,
or the Latin track,
[MUSIC]
try like this.
[MUSIC]
Try
really accenting every other note and
almost dropping
the notes on the beat, and when you're
playing with straight time like that.
Our next chord is the G7 chord,
very simple you finger it the same
way going up as you do going down.
So it's one two three
one two three one three,
one two three one two three one three
one three three one two three one.
You could also use the two
on our passing note,
the chord, D, G, B, D, and F.
Kinda the same way that we've been doing.
And we're putting those notes on the beat,
by adding this little passing tone.
So, one, two, three, one,
two, three, one, three I use.
One, two, three, one, two,
three, one, three, one.
Same thing on the way down.
[MUSIC]
I
guess I kinda interchange between
the two and the three on the sharp note.
Whichever one is more comfortable for
you, go ahead and use that.
The last chord that we
need to find a scale for
that we apply a bop scale
to is our C major 7 chord.
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And as we've been doing,
we're going to add a degree
to the regular C major scale.
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We're gonna add in
a passing tone between degrees five and
six.
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And
in order to keep the fingering
consistent as we go up the keyboard,
we're gonna start with the third finger
then we're gonna do a group of three.
One, two three, one, three, one, two,
three, one, two, three, one, two,
one, two, three, one, two, three,
one, two, one, two, one, two, three.
And it's the same thing going down.
[MUSIC]
Just like that.
Let's work these things up.
We'll get them going, probably first, as
I say, with the metronome, get them up to
speed, and then we're gonna wanna do our
approach pattern exercises in the middle.
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And once these are under our
fingers, we're gonna be ready for
the first half of tuneup.
[SOUND] E minor 7, A9, [SOUND] D major 7,
and then at the next juncture,
the D major turns into a D minor,
[SOUND] and then we end up at C.
Then we've got one more two five
to look at for this tune, and
we're ready to start playing
this stuff on the song.
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