Lesson chat for learning jazz piano

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  1. In the last two years I purchased two jazz and one blues courses that have helped me verry little. These lessons have moved my playing up to another level, I am looking forward to spending a long time at this site.
    Oswald.
    Jamaica

  2. Hi paul just accessed lesson 13 and like the incorporation of the diminished scale + Lydian dominant which up to now have not known how or when to use. In your example on the compressed turnaround you show the c Lydian dominant starting on the third (e natural), running up the scale but hitting an Eb before the F. The Eb isn’t in the Lydian dominant scale but you flatten it because you are heading back to F ??

  3. Hi Paul. Just accessed lesson 16 tritone substitution and diminished theory thank you. With regard to 1 6 2 5 turnarounds I’m getting a bit confused with the substitution and the diminished theory behind it. Take F D7 Gm7 C7. The tritone sub of the 6 chord D7 is Ab dim7 which is on one diminished scale path. But equally you could sub the 6 chord with F#dim7 providing the b9 of the D7 … so is this different type or name of substitution ? Thanks Graham

  4. Hi Graham
    You always substitute the dominant 7th chord with another dominant 7th, not a diminished 7th so the sub chord here is Ab7. Tell me if if I’ve said Abdim7 by mistake on the video and I’ll correct it.

    1. Thanks paul. I’ve just viewed the lesson again and I understand. I think I’d got myself confused about it when I saw your explanation of the first backing track when you show F Abdim7 Gm C 7 to practice the diminished scale a forgot about Ab7 being the actual tritone sub. However I’m still interested to know why the Abdim7 sounds good a substitution for the D7 in a 1 6 2 5 turnaround if its not a silly question; there’s only one common note (d) between the two. Thanks.

  5. Hi Paul,

    I am enjoying the lessons very much. I just accessed lesson 12 and am confused about using the three pentatonic scales: F, Bb, and C. In figure 32, you say the improvisation will be vertical and you require all three pentatonic scales, but in figure 33, you used F pentatonic throughout the solo. Am I wrong? Thanks for clarifying.

    Michael

    1. Hello Michael
      You are absolutely right. I must have been having a senior moment (if I qualify for such a moment at 66) and am surprised that nobody has picked up on this before. I’m also using the note A flat quite a bit, which isn’t really a part of the F pentatonic but an added ‘blue note.’
      I’m really glad that you’re enjoying the lessons and really appreciate you pointing this out. As soon as I’ve amended this, I’ll let you know.
      Best wishes from London, UK

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