How to play a jazz solo

How to Solo

My learn jazz piano video course is now around half way through the series ‘How to play a jazz solo.’  There now follows a summary of these lessons so far with a link to my jazz course.

Lesson 21:  Connecting hands


In this lesson I take you through techniques to incorporate your left hand. These include the following:

Walking bass lines
Shearing block chords
Drop 2 and left hand voicings

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Lesson 22: Choosing the right scale
This lesson guides you through how to play a jazz solo by choosing the best scales and modes to use over your chords.

I focus on the following topics:

Using the Lydian mode over major chords
Choosing Dorian or Aolian over minor chords
The use of Lydian Dominant, altered scale etc over 7th chords
Choosing Locrian or Locrian 2 over diminished chords

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Lesson 23: putting scales to work
This lesson guides you through many soloing options

Bebop scales
Effective use of passing notes
How to encircle notes
Soloing over Satin Doll

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