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Easy Jazz Improv & Soloing (D-7 to G7)

Jonny May
Quick Tip
Level 1
Level 2

In this Quick Tip, you’ll learn one of the simplest beginner approaches to jazz improv and soloing.

The fact is that to improvise jazz piano, you don’t need to learn a lot of complex chords and scales.

What you should learn is 1 scale that works over a few simple chords, and most importantly, you need to know what to do with those scales.

Today, you’ll learn one of the most common progressions in western music, the 1 to 4 progression in the key of D minor.

You’ll learn simple chord inversions on you Dm7 and G7 chords, and 2 essential swing grooves (including the Charleston groove).

For the scale, you’ll learn the F Gospel Scale.  This is a scale that you can use to solo over almost any chord in the key of F Major.

Next, you’ll learn techniques for how to create lines with this scale.  You’ll learn 8th note techniques, triplet techniques, turns, slides, and runs.

You’ll learn 2 chords, 1 scale, 8ths, triplets, turns, slides, & runs.

Improvisation is NOT hard if you know the tools for creating amazing jazz lines.

Lastly, make sure to download the backing track and lesson sheet music, because you’ll want to take notes during the lesson.

Your teacher,

Jonny May

Learning Focus
  • Improvisation
  • Riffs
  • Scales
Music Style
  • Blues
  • Jazz Swing
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