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  • Funk groove 2

    An up-tempo funk groove, with a focus on interplay between the hands.

  • Funk groove 3

    A medium tempo funk groove over A dominant 7.

    Includes a look at a Mixolydian ‘chord scale’ that is formed if we continue moving the groove’s main voicing up and down the dominant 7 scale.

  • Funk groove 4 (12-bar blues)

    A funk groove over a twelve-bar blues in G major.

  • Funk groove 5 →

    A minor-key funk groove featuring a couple of glissandos.

  • Funk groove 6

    A minor-key groove, built on moving a chord down the B Dorian scale.

    Plus an example of practising a ‘chord scale’ with a groove.

  • Funk groove 7

    A slow, eight-bar funk groove.

    Includes two recordings: acoustic piano and electric piano.

  • Mining Bud Powell: an applied analysis →

    This tutorial takes eight bars from Bud Powell’s solo on ‘Oblivion’ from The Genius of Bud Powell and works with it in different keys, at different tempos, and in different contexts.

    Transposing a few bars of Bud’s solo from E flat major to G major: how I think when transposing, in terms of key, chord progression, and scale degrees • Transposing just a single phrase • Taking phrases and using them in other contexts: in another jazz standard, over a rhythm changes bridge, and in a contemporary jazz context

  • Phrygian harmony

    The Phrygian chord is a dominant seventh chord with a suspended fourth and flattened ninth. It sounds cool.

    The Phrygian chord • Phrygian scale • Triplet 8th note scale • 16th note scale • Examples: iiø7-V7-i in F minor 2 • Phrygian chord in practice: ‘Auld Flame’ cadence; ‘Dreich’ turnaround • Jamming with the Phrygian chord

  • Playing outside the changes →

    Playing ‘outside’ or ‘outside the changes’ is a cool sound that builds tension and adds additional interest and excitement to your soloing.

    Example 1. Jungle/drum and bass • 2. Chilled Latin • 3. Straight-ahead bebop • Jungle/DnB and chilled Latin backing tracks to jam along to • Exercise 1. Jungle, minor 3rds ascending • 2. Medium swing, major 2nds descending

  • Playing outside: Dorian mode exercises

    Example exercises of playing outside the changes with the Dorian mode.

    The C Dorian scale • Example: 16th notes, inside-outside-inside • 8th notes, chords ascending a semitone every two beats • 8th notes, descending line • 8th note triplets, descending line • Playing against a swing beat, ascending • Playing against a swing beat, descending • Fourths pattern • Fourths pattern: ascending chromatically • Fourths pattern: adding rhythmic interest over a swing beat