VIDEO LESSON ~~ JAZZ IMPROV TUTORIAL ~~ JAZZ EXERCISES
The jazz ‘drill’ in this video is demonstrated on a keyboard, but–of course–it can be applied and practiced on any other instrument, or voice.
This is a chord-based pattern that we will use and adapt for these standard chords: Major, Maj7, Minor, Min-7, Dominant-7….Actually, this concept can applied to any pre-determined chord, such as a diminished or an augmented chord.
Mastery of patterns/concepts like these
Can add fresh interest to your improvised lines, by sometimes preceding the “target tone(s)” of a chord with “approach tones.”
Will increase your mastery of any given scale, especially as it relates to the underlying chords.
As a result, the repeated act of mindfully (and not mindlessly) practicing this drill can increase your general facility with approach tones, as well as give you (possibly new) theoretical insights regarding chord-scale relationships.
How to “Permanently Learn” Every Major Scale using the Major Tetrachord
UPDATED: July 20, 2021.
I’ve had lots of happy feedback about this lesson, ever since I first posted it on YouTube. People are basically saying that this is the easiest way they have found to learn the notes of all twelve major scales, quickly and painlessly. I learned about tetrachords in my college theory classes, and I have found them to be a little-known “secret” for organizing one’s thoughts about scales and modes. Let me know what you think!
Ludwig v. Beethoven’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Für Elise, officially named ‘Bagatelle No. 25,” in A-Minor, has been well-loved and well-known across the world for more than two centuries. Beethoven’s music, especially his later works, ushered in the Romantic Era of western classical music.
A Powerful Tip for Blues, Jazz, and Rock Improvisers
Today’s post is about using the first four notes of a blues scale as a moveable pattern, with many ear-catching possibilities that can fire up your solos in unexpected ways.
This “rock-bottom four” pattern, starting on any given note, can produce a wide variety of bluesy, funky, and jazzy sounds, when used in a context of your careful choosing, guided by your ear as the final judge.
This is a slide show, which is a common format that I use on my Instagram page, @piano_w_kent.
I have discovered that these types of posts seem to work well on my Instagram page, so I’m going to start featuring these here, too.
Claude Debussy’s timeless and extremely popular piano piece, Clair de Lune, is well-known around the world. Its origins includeperson influences from poetry, the music of Bach’s time (the Baroque period), and the artistic school of Impressionism.
Is ‘Clair’ of Clair de Lune a person’s name? If so, who is that person?
The ‘Clair’ in the title Clair de Lune does not refer to a person.
Chopin Prelude #7 in A-Major | Exclusive Sheet Music for Solo Piano | Includes Note Names (Letters)
Complete and Unabridged!
Meticulously engraved and annotated by Kent D. Smith, professional musician and music instructor, and founder of Piano With Kent.
Each note is labeled with its musically accurate letter-name, such as F, Bb, C, G#.
One downloadable, printable PDF file – Two(2) pages.
Your download link is returned to your screen(on this site), immediately upon purchase. Your same private download link is also sent to you by email (using the email address that you used for your purchase.)*
Ideal for the former piano student returning to piano after some time, but with no access to a teacher.
Also helpful for:
Those who play mostly by ear, and who know the basics of the 7-letter musical alphabet (note-names).
Any student or musician with a reading or learning difficulty that may affect the processes of learning to read sheet music notation.
Attention please: Formal music students who are actively taking piano lessons, with a focus on reading sheet music, absolutely should be guided by your teacher, as regards playing piano from sheet music with note-names added.