The Major Blues Scale (Gospel Scale) 2

Instructor
Jonny May
Workshop
Level 2
Level 3
7

In this workshop, you will learn the most important piano scale for improvising over any musical style – the Major Blues Scale!

We’ll start with 3 left hand accompaniment options including chord shells, guide tones, and rootless voicings. Jonny will you teach you his best techniques for improvising, including 3 harmonized grips, 2 gospel connectors, 8th notes, triplets, slides, turns, rolls, and other line building tips. We’ll dive further into the scale by learning the fingering for both hands in all 12 keys.

In the end, you’ll be able to improvise with this scale over blues, swing, bossa nova, and jazz ballads!

Course Objectives
  • Learn the Major Blues Scale with fingering for both hands in all 12 keys
  • Discover 3 left hand accompaniment options you can use to improvise over the right hand: chord shells, guide tones, and rootless voicings
  • Practice 3 essential exercises to master finger control, dexterity and speed
  • Develop your improv technique with 2 harmonized grips, 2 gospel connectors, harmonized 8th notes, harmonized triplets, and harmonized slides
  • Embellish the right hand with 3 harmonized turns and 2 essential rolls
  • Understand how to use this scale to improv over 4 styles: blues, swing, bossa nova, and jazz ballad
Learning Focus
  • Exercises
  • Improvisation
  • Scales
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