Essential information. And simple!
You can’t build scales or chords without knowing these two intervals.
Bottom line: The language of intervals is essential to learning all your scales and chords without resorting to the nearly-impossible task of rote memorization!
I’ve had lots of happy feedback about this lesson, ever since I first posted it on YouTube. People are basically saying that this is the easiest way they have found to learn the notes of all twelve major scales, quickly and painlessly. I learned about tetrachords in my college theory classes, and I have found them to be a little-known “secret” for organizing one’s thoughts about scales and modes. Let me know what you think!
Here’s a great concept to embellish the sound of a IV chord in a progression. In addition, try experimenting with this approach on any major chord you may come across, even the I chord, depending on the type of sound you’re going for. Let your ear be the guide. The scale being used here is called Lydian, which is closely related to the major scale. Some tunes use this scale on the I chord for an especially fresh sound.
UPDATE December 12, 2017: All twelve lessons in this course are now available at Udemy.com.
It seems like almost everyone loves — or at least super appreciates — the Blues. This affection for Blues music is almost universal, no matter what your GOC (genre of choice).
Blues is at the heart of jazz and rock especially. You will basically never meet a successful rock or jazz musician who is not well-versed in the Blues, and who does not love playing it.
OK, let me backpedal a bit on that last statement. Exceptions to the “well-versed” thing might be: an early-school punker, or a psychedelic player with a synthesizer, using pads only, with no regard for the key of the tune. I’ve done studio work with people in genres like that. Such free spirits are not often “well-versed” in the blues. In fact, some couldn’t blues their way out of a paper bag. Here’s the kicker though. In my experience, without exception, these pioneers also truly love the genre of Blues. It’s weird. I think it’s because Blues is built into the DNA of Rock. Same for Jazz. Especially for Jazz.
Anyway, today let me offer up my recent series of twelve video lessons on the topic of blues piano. Each lesson below covers a specific blues lick, including insights on how to transpose, alter, and adapt it to your own soloing. As I like to say, one video is worth a thousand licks! Actually I just made that up.
Here is a list of ones you can see here for free:
Here’s a straightforward way to play impressive sounding arpeggios on your key keyboard. This sounds especially nice on piano when using the sustain pedal.