Monday, October 15, 2012
Free Jazz Lesson #29: Modal Interval Pattern in 5/4
"In this week's lesson we are taking a look at one of the first types of improvising beginning improvisors learn. One thing I remember as a requirement to Jazz lessons in High School was a copy of the Aebersold book "Maiden Voyage." The reason being that it had a lot of opportunities for modal improvising. The idea is that long vamps over one chord are generally easier for younger students to grasp and improvisor over. While I don't necessarily agree with this approach, I remember being a big part of my early Jazz studies.
Interval exercises are a great way to start internalizing the sound of the modes you practice with. I wrote out this simple pattern in all 12 keys for you to work with this week. You don't have to be a jazz pianist to practice this free lesson. Try it on any instrument! Better yet, if you're not a pianist, use it as a technical exercise to get bet better on the instrument. Every musician can benefit from working on piano playing."
This week's free jazz lesson .pdf can be found here: Lesson #29
This week we are taking the same pattern through the Lydian and Lydian Dominant scales. I have also altered the rhythm to imply 5/4 time. Take a look a the video link below to find great suggestions on how to practice feeling this pattern in "odd time." Listen to and play-along with this free jazz lesson below.
Here are the intervals:
Ascending - Up 4th, Up 4th, Down 5th, Down 2nd
Descending - Down 4th, Down 4th, Up 5th, Up 2nd
YouTube Video Lesson: Lesson #29 Free Jazz Video Lesson
Soundcloud Play-Along: Free Play-Along Recording
FREE .pdf of this lesson: Free .pdf of Lesson #29