Next tutorial in the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2DKnBJO6Lk
Previous tutorial in series: https://youtu.be/ABuewbFpyhg
This is the second tutorial in my series on jazz piano for absolute beginners. In this lesson we build on what we learned in the first tutorial, using the C major pentatonic scale and two notes from the C blues scale to improvise over two, and then three, chords in the left hand.
I also introduce shell chords – incredibly useful for jazz piano – and talk about some of the underlying music theory it’s useful for you to know, especially if you’re relatively new to the piano or just coming back to the instrument.
Finally, I talk about the mental processes involved in jazz piano improvisation (and, in fact, in most forms of improvisation, musical and otherwise), and how skilled pianists and other improvisers have a mental toolkit from which they build their improvisations. This all depends on developing a “flow state”. The best jazz pianists have the biggest and best-practised toolkits and the best flow.