Category Archives: Blues

Pentatonic Scales Will Teach You Jazz Improvisation

Learn all basics of jazz improvisation by playing this simple pentatonic scale concept. 
From simple 2-3 note figures to 8th note lines
Learn how to change chords – plan and play forward motion.
Dig into playing over the bar lines and using encirclings.

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LESSON TRANSCRIPTION CONTENT:
100+ pages of exercises and licks
– Jazz 8th notes rhythm exercises
– Written out practice solos using encirlings in the pentatonic scale
– Forward motion and encircling written out patterns and solos
Transcribed to all 12 keys.
+ all lesson examples transposed to Alto key

In this tutorial
00:00 One Pentatonic Scale Will Teach You Jazz Improvisation
00:43 What we know – the root
01:52 Dig the Rhythm
02:10 Add More Notes
02:40 Practice Tips
03:39 MORE NOTES
04:51 FORWARD MOTION
06:27 Use Full Pentatonic Scale
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PENTATONIC SCALES – THREE LEVELS OF SUPER ALTERATIONS
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Jens Larsen Guitar – Blues In Concert F
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What Coltrane Can Teach You About The Blues

Coltrane and the blues is an amazing cocktail.
I analyze and explain how Coltrane plays such clear and beautiful lines when playing the blues.
We dig into different embellishments on Coltrane blues lines and in the lesson transcription I elaborate by adding 10 extra Coltrane inspired blues licks.

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10 Amazing Blues Chord Note Patterns on the last page of the lesson transcription on Patreon written out in the blues solo form

+ All Examples transposed to the Alto Key

In this tutorial
00:00 Coltrane is an Amazing teacher
00:52 Coltrane chord note blues pattern
02:05 Chromatic embellishments
03:05 Transposing blues patterns
04:06 Evolving blues patterns
05:54 Coltrane Blues pattern #2
06:53 Evolving Coltrane Blues Pattern #2
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3 Coltrane Bebop Licks Explained
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The Best Thing About The Blues Scale And How To Use It https://youtu.be/EwyfRuIWgAg
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Blues Backing track
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What You Will Learn From Transcribing

Learning by listening and transcribing is probably the best way to learn jazz. But how do you do it?
Going into the great solo of Hank Mobley on Dig Dis, using advice from David Liebman, getting help from modern technology and getting the job done. This is how to Listen, transcribe and learn jazz.

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Find 10 Dominant #11 licks below in the lesson transcription

In this tutorial
00:00 The Amazing Hank Mobley
00:01 David Liebman on transcribing
02:07 Helpful Apps, Internet and YouTube, chord and notes
04:20 Practice and apply
05:54 Analyze and transpose
06:47 Transpose and play everywhere
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Hank Mobley Dig Dis
https://youtu.be/IyRWhz0UtBI

Tim Lin’s transcription of Dig Dis
https://youtu.be/7Zi7uF5Ml-E

Blues Backing track
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Solo Preparation in 6.35 simple steps

Solo Preparation in 6.35 simple steps
This video is about how to prepare for a solo you play in a band, with a play along, and or in some way performing in front of an audience. 
Maybe your first solo or a solo when you are beginning to play solos.
What do you need to prepare and what you absolutely do not need to prepare. 
Taking you through all steps on the way there!

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00:00 Solo Preparation in 6.35 simple steps
00:46 What actually happens in real life
02:19 What do and do you not need to prepare
03:28 Thank you Chad
04:04 Remember these things to the gig
04:48 How do you prepare the music?
09:23 Examples on a simple tune – Cantaloupe Island
12:54 Do not do this!!!!
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4 Scale exercises you must know these
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CHAD LB WARMING UP EXERCISES

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Cantaloupe Island – Chris Potter
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10 Killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves

10 Killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves
How to keep your one chord solo funky?
How do you play one chord groove and keep it exciting?
In this video I will work with funky solo strategies and build up from simple to advanced.
We will begin with a simple pentatonic scale and go all the way to adding bebop.

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In this tutorial
10 killer Solo Strategies on Funky Modal Grooves
Play with great timing and rock steady groove
G minor pentatonic scale
Music theory with Albert Einstein 
Build up with Candy Dulfer
Repeating patterns in the pentatonic scale
The Dorian minor scale extension
Triads
4 and 5 note chords
Blues scale and bebop
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PENTATONIC SCALES HOW TO PRACTICE AND USE IMMEDIATELY
https://youtu.be/ZRs1W9SJ57o

3 great melodic tools to develop strong melodies
https://youtu.be/F8gWYGhOKUs

10 ways to improve your timing
https://youtu.be/2k3NPy0qSPg

Play Amazing Bebop Lines Like This
https://youtu.be/hkEZhgq75cs

The best thing about the Blues and How to Use It
https://youtu.be/EwyfRuIWgAg

Dennis Chambers – Chameleon
https://youtu.be/WtaKRY8wqhA

Candy Dulfer – Lily was here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SfSQ3lQmJw

Candy Dulfer – Strasbourg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNx4EbTu10w

Miles davis – “so what”
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Funky G minor groove
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Sound great with one pentatonic scale – Play the blues like this

Sound great with one pentatonic scale – Play the blues like this
When starting to improvise you need something very understandable.
You need something that gives you the basic feel of improvising and which is useful in your further development of your playing. 
You need to develop your feel for rhythm and timing.
You also need to develop your motor skills to correspond with your hearing. 
In this video I will get you going on all these great skills with a super simple blues and one pentatonic scale.

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In this tutorial
Why starting with the blues?
The three dominants
One pentatonic scale
Pentatonic scale exercises
The pentatonic scale groups
One bar improvisation
Solo Method “Beginning the blues with one pentatonic scale”
Show, play and analyse a solo on a blues using one pentatonic scale
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Jazz Blues – this is the way to play jazz and get the blues sound
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The Best Thing About The Blues Scale And How To Use It

The Best Thing About The Blues Scale And How To Use It
The blues scale is a super great and flexible tool you can apply in any key and almost anywhere.
Here is how it works and how you add this to your playing. 

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In this tutorial
00:00 Why the blues scale works really great and how to use it
00:21 Gene Ammons – Jazz and blues!!!01:02 A pentatonic scale with an extra sharp note
01:58 Blues example on C7
02:40 Blues example in F7
03:48 Why does the Blue note sound so wrong and so great?
04:08 BB king would sound like this on saxophone
04:20 The wrong notes are leading notes
06:01 The inversion of the blues scale
08:05 Common blues lick
08:09 Major 6 blues lick
08:17 Fitting it together
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How to add blues licks and sound in jazz and sound amazing

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How to use the blues scale in jazz and sound amazing

A lot of times in jazz you hear a great solo and suddenly a super fat blues lick.
Between the somewhat complicated lines many players often add a super great over the top blues line.
Blues and jazz are right out of the same bag. Learn here how you can play and mix both
In this video I go through some blues scales and blues licks and how to apply on different chord progressions

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What is the blues sound?
Why does blues work?
The common blues scale
Blues licks
Using the blues sound in chord progressions
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BASIC BLUES – SOUND GREAT WITH ONLY ONE PENTATONIC SCALE
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Dave Brubeck tune – take 5
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Dizzy Gillespie – Birks Work
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Blues basics 4 – pentatonics and approach notes

I have divided the pentatonic scale into small groups around the roots of the blues chords. These groups i will use to approach the roots in the blues, its simpler than it sounds 🙂

Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0001 the scale

I have devided the pentatonic scale into groups.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0009 groups (2)

the groups are associated with the roots of the chords in the blues. The D, G and A.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_1 the form

Ill apply the groups and use them to target the root of the next bar.
in the following example i play the root of the chord on beat one. In the bar before I approach the one with the group belonging to the coming root.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_1
You can see that the root is on the one of each bar and leading to the root I use the notes in the group of the coming root. Leading towards bars with the root D I use F and C as approach notes, leading to a G bar i use A and F and leading to an A bar i use the approach notes C and G. All connected through the groups beloning to the root.

You see in the above example that I in the first bar leading to the second bar, on the four, apply F leading to the G of the second bar. Bar two to three i connect with the approach note C in the group of D. On the ninth bar i apply the G leading to the A. The rule would be that i look in the coming bar for the root and backwards i apply the group beloning to the coming bar.

In the next example i only use the approach note from above. The notes would be F to D, A to G and C to A.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_2
Its clear that the notes are upper approach note in the groups.

This exercise is only applying the notes below the root.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_3
C to D, F to G and G to A. Playing towards the target note which in this case is the root.

This way of practising playing towards a target note is quite simple and easy to get used to.
When soloing in jazz music its common practise that you always play towards a target note to get a clear melodic line.

I go on to the next exercise where i change the approach notes. I dont play only one direction anymore but pick the approach note freely, above or below.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_4

The most important to understand in this lesson to do this a lot, to get this way of playing into your ears and fingers.

in the coming exercise i play the approach note as an eight note so, keeping the same rhythm in the whole exercise but changing which approach note i use, above or below.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_5

You can always add more rhythm which the next exercise will illustrate.
Playing two eight notes approach and melodically choosing the above or the below lying note.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0006
The more notes and rhythm you add before the target note the more complicated it gets of course.

In my next video ill get into more more examples where i use more approach notes.

Let me know if you have questions about this.
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Blues basics 3 – applying the pentatonic scale chord groups in blues examples

Still playing the (basic) blues!
In this video lesson i give examples in how to apply the, in earlier videos, mentioned groups in a blues solo.


I have made some examples of how you can play the blues using the pentatonic scale divided into groups around the roots of the chords of a basic blues.

Example one – played two times
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0014 example 1
In these examples i stay inside the groups and in most bars I start the line on the root note.
I start the first bar with the D group – root D one below C and then again the D, second bar i play the root G twice and the note below, the F. third bar – D and switch between the root and the note below C. ending the first four bars with not beginning on the root but answering to the third bar with starting on the note below C thrice and ending on the D.
Fifth bar I do not start on the first beat but on the second beat G F G, the pattern from the very first bar, continuing on the sixth bar repeating the pattern from the fifth bar, but placed on the first beat, as an answer to the fifth bar. The seventh and eights bar I build together in a continuing string of notes D C D C D C D C, getting into the feel of playing longer eight note lines. In the ninth and tenth bar i repeat a pattern in the A group – A A G A but add a tail ending in bar nine on a C and bar ten on a G leading the way towards bar eleven, a rhtymical pattern on the two and four – kind of bass pedal like on the root D and bar twelve A.

Example two:
The lines in this bar is more in continuation of each other, which means that the lines grow longer and are not individually placed but mostly answers or follow up on the previous line.
I also slowly move away from always beginning on the root. Fx. i can start the D group on F or C also, a line on the G group can be started on the F or the A, and in the A group i can start on the G or the C for example.
important to know is that you can start a line on these other notes but due to our limited material the starting note fx the F on a D does not mean that the F really sounds like D. Consider it more a leading tone towards D. The D is still nessesary to make the D bar sound like D.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0015 example 2
I begin with a rhytmical pattern on the one and three F D – F D on the second bar i start on the two of the bar playing all the notes of the G group, G F G A, the third bar play as quarter notes F D and end with eight notes C D. The fourth bar where i place two D´s as eight notes on the three sounds like an upbeat for the fifth bar where i continue with the quarternote pattern G G G – eightnotes G F – which i answer on the sixth bar on the second beat F G A G. In the seventh and eight bar i play a line in the group of D which definitely goes over the barline – On two and four i play D D which leads on to the second bar of D – F D and moved rhythmically F D. On the ninth bar i play a standard blues lick A C A C, kind of a shout which gets its answer on the tenth bar G A G A and ending with another answer A G, leading towards lower lines on the elleventh bar D D D C, going even lower ending on the twelvth bar with the shouth from bar ten A C A C as eight notes.

example three:
I now fully play eight note lines, in the bar but also extending the lines over the barlines, which is one of the goals with these exercises. Further i also change from only stating on the regular beats to also start a line on the off beats which gives the lines a more jazzy feeling.
Blues - with a pentatonic scale_0016 example 3
Bar one, i start on the lower note of the D group playing around the Root, C D F D leading towards bar two answering with the G group G F G F G, ending the sentence on bar three and four with a long eight note line over the barline playing around the D – C D F D C D—over the barline to bar four C D. Start a new sentence over the next four bars|G|G|D|D|in bar five, playing the G as off beats in bar five, continuing over the barline to bar six with playing around the G A G F G A G F leading down to the D and still continuing the line in eight notes D C D C D C D C ending in bar eight with an answer to it all leading toward the last D – D F C D. In bar nine i jump into a blues line in quarter notes, as an opposite of the eight notes just played before, A group – C A G continuing on bar ten A C G A ending bar ten leading towards bar 11 with a G going to the F D on bar eleven, Repeating the F D changing it rhythmically, ending on bar twelve with C A C A ready to start fresh on a next round 🙂

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