Jazz School: [Major] ii7-V7-IM7 Etude: Scale Cells Descending Third to Third

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Lesson Goal: To develop fluency playing four-note scale cells for the workhorse ii7-V7-IM7 chord progression in all keys…

Pattern in the key of C Major…

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Straight rendition…

Using your knowledge of the major scales and chord structure (and your ears of course), play this pattern in all keys around the cycle of dominants: C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, B, E, A, D, G.

Learning by doing in this manner will build an enormous scale and chord vocabulary that integrates visio-spatial keyboard awareness, ear training, technique, and rhythm… and lays a solid foundation for fluent improvisation.

Stay tuned for lots more!

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