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Part 17 - Playing Jazz Style
the past few lessons I've covered several styles of music that can be played on
the guitar. It's important to be able to know a little bit about the different
styles of music and at least be able to play a little something from the many
styles of music out there.
the past few lessons we covered rock, blues, country, classical, and Latin
styles. Tonight's topic is Jazz. As in all topics, there is so much cover.
I just want to show you a chord progression and a riff or two in the style so
you can impress your friends.
Lyle: One of the main chord progressions used in
Jazz is called the 2 - 5 - 1 progression:
Here's a looping jam track for this progression:
These chords are all in the key of G major. The Am7 is the ii chord, the D9 is
the V (dominant) chord. GMaj7 is the 1
Should we use our pick? or pluck the four strings
Lyle: If you use your pick you need to mute the
unplayed strings. If you use your thumb and 3 fingers to pluck the chords, you
get an interesting sound, much like a piano player striking a
like the thumb four finger thing......feels jazzy
Lyle: Good scale to use over this is the G major
scale since all three chords are related to the key of G.
Here's a basic riff made from this scale. Rake the strings at the beginning of
the riff to create a sweep picking arpeggio.
Let's try the same thing in the key of Bb. Here's the same progression in the
key of Bb major:
johnH: but that
jam track is way to fast for me!
Support: you can use the "tempo" button to slow
Lyle: this is your lucky
that's better :)
Lyle: The Bb major scale is what you can use over
this progression in Bb:
Here's a little riff built over the Bb major scale:
Zz: why can we
use Bb flat over a G progression? or is that another
Lyle: Bb over the Bb progression, G over the G
KevinB: Isn't the majority of jazz inn the minor scale
Lyle: Let's change to the key of Db. This will be
the same 2 - 5 - 1 progression but this time starting on the A string for the
root, so your chord shapes will be different:
changing up on us again :)
Lyle: Kevin, the majority of jazz is not major or
minor or dominant. It can be anything.
One more key, E major:
Zz: all these
licks are tying together nice
the Jazz style it's not uncommon to switch from one key to the next. Here's all
4 keys that you just worked on in a row:
Zz: can you
explain why these keys sound good together? or is that another
Lyle: Here's a jam track for all 4
Here's all 4 riffs you just learned all in a row:
Zz, there are 12 keys in music. I made 4 chord progressions to work on. I did
use a pattern.
Lyle: I went every 3
Lyle: 4 x 3 = 12
Lyle: That is how I came up with what
progressions to use.
Starting with G I went up a minor 3rd (3 frets).
that makes sense to me 12 / 3 = 4 keys
Lyle: Then from Bb up a minor 3rd to Db, then up
a minor 3rd to E, then up a final minor 3rd brings us back to
math but we make it so complex in our
Lyle: Music is a combination of math, language
and something else.
Lyle: That's all for this lesson. I think next
week is metal rock style.
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