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Jazz Piano Lessons: Pentatonics for “Tune Up”

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[MUSIC]
Pentatonics
scales for tune up.
We already have a few of them.
The first scale that
we would need would be
an E minor 7 to work on our
[MUSIC].
Then we would need an E minor
6 to work on our A7 [SOUND].
We already have those.
We have those from [SOUND].
Let's see, what would it be.
It was the blues in E.
We had the E minor 7 on
the first chord of that blues.
[MUSIC]
Then we have the E minor 6 is what we were
using on our A7 in that blues,
the second chord of it.
[MUSIC]
So let's hit the D major 7 and on that,
we're gonna use our F sharp minor
pentatonic scale, which covers.
[MUSIC]
Doesn't have the root in it but
the root is overrated [SOUND].
We try to not land too much on the root
cuz that sorta says I've stopped.
So, let's look at the F sharp
minor 7 pentatonic scale [SOUND].
Very simple fingering.
These are the notes, F sharp, A, B,
C sharp, E, [SOUND] and F sharp again.
[MUSIC]
The fingering that I like to use on it is
two, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, three,
one, two, one, two, three,
one, two, one, two, three.
Can play
[MUSIC]
pretty quickly.
[MUSIC]
Right back down,
same fingering on the way down.
Three, two, one, two, one, three, two,
one, two, one, three, two, one, two, one.
For our 2, 5 our turn around to C major 7,
the chords are D minor 7,
I'm playing that as a 9,
put that on there.
G7 to C major 7.
Now we already have one of
these which is the E minor
pentatonic that we would
use on the C major 7.
There's a PDF with all this
information on it as well, so
you don't need to memorize it or
be copying down off your monitor.
The scales that we need for this then,
we need one for the D minor 7, and
that's simple.
[SOUND] The D minor pentatonic scale.
Then we need one for the G7.
And that's the D minor 6 pentatonic scale.
[MUSIC]
Fingering, very simple as usual.
Start with the two on the D minor 7.
[SOUND] One, two, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, three, one, two, one, two,
three, one, two.
Pentatonics kind of tend to divide
themselves up into natural groups of
three and two.
[SOUND] There's a group of three.
[SOUND] There's a group of two.
Three, two, and
on your way up the keyboard [SOUND].
The next one would be the D minor 6
pentatonic which we play over our G7.
[MUSIC]
And it's the same fingering as a D
minor 7 plus we have to accommodate the B.
Two, one, two, three, one, two,
one, two, three, one, two, one,
two, three, one, two.
Then when we hit the C major 9,
C major 7 sound it is our
E minor pentatonic scale.
Couple more.
[SOUND] We just need for
the C minor 7, to F7, to B flat.
We already have the one that we're
gonna play on the B flat, right,
because we've learned the D
minor pentatonic scale, and
that's the one [SOUND] that
we use on the B flat major 7.
So we play [SOUND] the notes C,
E flat, F, G, B flat.
And that repeats on its
way up the keyboard.
Again, to me,
kind of a natural group of two and three.
One, two, one, two, three,
one, two, one, two,
three, one, two, one, two, three,
one, two, one, two, three.
You might have noticed that I played
one of these with my third finger.
I guess it just depends on what I ate for
breakfast that day,
cuz sometimes it's the three and
sometimes it's the two.
[MUSIC]
On the way down,
it's the exact same fingering.
Those are the scales and
the fingerings we're going
to use on tune up when we go
with our pentatonic sound.
So I'll see you for the next lesson,
and we'll keep working on this.
[MUSIC]