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Jazz Piano Lessons: “Tune Up”

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Playing the classic
Miles Davis tune, Tune Up.
We've heard Miles play this in
any number of different ways.
As kind of a slower piece,
as a really bright uptempo piece.
He got into doing that in the early 60s
with a lot of his standard repertoire.
I'm gonna play it really, really slow so
that I can think about what I'm doing.
And a couple notes on this.
You will see that the first things is,
there is a PDF chart on this right
here on this page, a link to it.
You will see that the first three things
that we're doing are very simple,
two fives to one.
We got a two five.
To D.
Two five to C.
Two five to B flat.
Then, we've got a little
quick two five again.
Then we've got this.
The only new information there would be
getting from the A7 to the B flat, and
once again,
an approach pattern to the rescue.
There's a bunch of
different ways to hook into that.
Let's play it on our slow tune up play
along track, and make some things happen.
Right now I'm restricting it to only
the bop scales and the approach patterns.
We're gonna discuss the pentatonics
next and add them into this mix.
We'll start throwing in some of our
upper structure triads as arpeggiated.
So let's play this and see what happens.
There was
our little
there for
the hinge.
An arpeggiated
A triad there.
A little approach
pattern right there.
The flat on the C minor.
approach pattern
right there.
triad in
A little approach
pattern sequence there.
You can hear in there
the approach patterns
are all over in there,
connecting one thing
to the next as I put it,
it's like the connective tissue here.
They give you a way to pivot your line,
which is really the great thing about them
and from there on you can either
play a shape that you found,
you can play some of the scales that we've
learned, you can go on ahead and go.
Into our arpeggiated triads,
there is a number of places you can go.
Getting your line turned around
in a coherent way, though,
is a really great aspect to our playing.
That's what the approach
patterns are about.
We are playing on Tune Up, and
I will see you for the next lesson.