Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 2 - Scales...

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hi GMC! Welcome to the second-in-line lesson about jazz called "Little Jazz Workshop"!

    Today we're gonna learn some scales and arpeggios used for the soloing in the third lesson. Now bare in mind that this lesson is very important step, so I suggest going trough lesson 1 and lesson 2 before continuing to lesson three in order to fully understand the concept of jazz composing used for these lessons. Hopefully this concept that I've made can serve to you as a guide to make your own jazz work if you just began to dwelve in jazz waters :)

    This exercise is good for the fingers, but also very useful for warming up your mind and ear for jazz soloing. I've been around a few times with Jazz Big Band Orchestra of our national TV in studio and noticed their brass section always making similar warm-ups together. You would think that these exercises are simple, but they are great for quick warming up the ear just before you start to improvise, since they build a relative connections to different scales and chords.

    This lesson is not made to make your left hand better, it is made to make you right hand better. The majority of us can play fast with our left hand, but in order to play jazz, you have to have a very smooth and developed right arm as well. When doing scales we will use two basic techniques that we need when playing jazz economy and alternate picking styles, combining three-note-per-string with 2/4 note-per string patterns.

    Note that the lesson requiers some theory knowledge about scales, modes and chords, so if you have troubles following please check out Andrew's theory board on the forum or check my own theory topic in my board for specific questions.

    This lesson involves:

    - right hand dexterity
    - warming up for jazz improvisations
    - ear developing
    - scales and arpeggios of jazzy chords
    - economy and alternate picking styles

    Sound: Humbucker Bridge, Tone rolled off, Gipsy Jazz Line 6 preset, high bass and middle.

    Here are links to the first and third lesson in series:

    Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 1 - Chords
    Little Jazz Workshop Lesson 3 - Solo

    D Beebop Scale.jpg

    D Major Scale.jpg

    Aminor blues scale.jpg

    A Dorian Mode.jpg
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