How to Improvise a Solo With the Major Scale 1

Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Level 2
9

In this workshop, you will learn how to improvise piano with one of the most important scales – the Major (Ionian) Scale.

We’ll start with learning the notes of the scale along with 3 common chord progressions you can use when soloing. Then we’ll learn 5 left hand accompaniments, including chording, rock, latin, flowing, and comping. Jonny will you teach you his best techniques for soloing, including steps, skips, and outlining chords. We’ll dive further into the scale by learning 2 block positions and 4 rhythm exercises.

To finish, we’ll practice a scale shifting exercise and learn how to solo over multiple chords.

Course Objectives
  • Learn the notes of the major scale in every key
  • Discover 3 common chord progressions you can use the major scale to solo over
  • Master 5 left hand accompaniments: chording, rock, latin, flowing, comping
  • Practice 2 block positions and 4 rhythm exercises
  • Develop your soloing technique with steps, skips, and outlining chords
  • Understand how to solo over multiple chords
Learning Focus
  • Exercises
  • Improvisation
  • Scales
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