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In the fourth tutorial in my Jazz Piano for Beginners series we’re starting to look at improvising over a chord progression – one of the fundamental skills of jazz piano. In this lesson we’re looking at a simple, looped chord sequence in the key of C major which, importantly, includes a ii V I progression.
As well as covering some basic chord theory, I incorporate a number of different scales into the improvisation, including major, major pentatonic, blues and a little bit of Phrygian mode.
I also talk a little bit about piano licks or riffs. Licks are really useful and important in improvisation – they’re distinctive little snippets of playing that fill a fixed bit of time or a defined harmony, and which you can drop into a jazz solo to create particular effects, get from one place on the piano keyboard to another, or just to give yourself time to think about what to do next.