2-5-1 Soloing with Upper & Lower Neighbors

Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Level 3
9

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to solo over the 2-5-1 chord progression with the Upper and Lower Neighbor technique.

We’ll begin by learning 2 left hand accompaniments and 4 common rhythms. Next we’ll discover the 5 characteristic of upper and lower neighbors along with 6 exercises for practicing. Finally, we’ll master exercises for connecting scales and targeting chord tones.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll understand how to use these beautiful passing tones to create a more interesting piano solo full of tension and resolution.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the 2-5-1 chord progression in every key
  • Play 2 left hand accompaniments and 4 common rhythms
  • Explore the 5 characteristics of upper and lower neighbors
  • Practice 6 scale degree exercises
  • Discover how to solo by targeting chord tones
  • Combine all techniques to master soloing with upper and lower neighbors
Learning Focus
  • Exercises
  • Improvisation
  • Scales
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