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Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Intermediate
02:26:14

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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Great ideas
Lots of great ideas and techniques for improvising, explained in a way that makes them doable and fun. I'm looking forward to practising these.
Very rewarding!
Good intro to soloing, lots of material to develop!
Complexity Amidst Simplicity
Fantastic course for improvisation skills over a simple major scale. Each small step lends to more and more complex sounds. Understanding it is easy. Getting this into the hands takes time, patience, and the ability to put self-judgement aside while discovering the vast number of patterns that are possible.
Great stuff
Wonderful lessons on soloing a major scale
Definitely fun and challenging, like being a kid again being given a colouring book and a set of crayons for the first time.
So much to learn here but so much fun. Lessons like this could keep you going forever. Love it! Thanks Jonny. Like someone said in the lesson questions, you can learn in one hour with Jonny that would take a year with other teachers.
Featured Reviews

View PWJ member reviews of this course!

Great ideas
Lots of great ideas and techniques for improvising, explained in a way that makes them doable and fun. I'm looking forward to practising these.
Very rewarding!
Good intro to soloing, lots of material to develop!
Complexity Amidst Simplicity
Fantastic course for improvisation skills over a simple major scale. Each small step lends to more and more complex sounds. Understanding it is easy. Getting this into the hands takes time, patience, and the ability to put self-judgement aside while discovering the vast number of patterns that are possible.
Great stuff
Wonderful lessons on soloing a major scale
Definitely fun and challenging, like being a kid again being given a colouring book and a set of crayons for the first time.
So much to learn here but so much fun. Lessons like this could keep you going forever. Love it! Thanks Jonny. Like someone said in the lesson questions, you can learn in one hour with Jonny that would take a year with other teachers.
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