Easy Jazz Piano Improvisation Rhythm (Podcast Episode #40)

Posted by: JAZZEDGE on July 27, 2021

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00:06 Hey guys, Willie Myette, creator of jazz edge. Welcome to episode number 40 of the confident improviser Podcast. Today we're going to be talking about easy jazz piano improvisation rhythm, I'm going to show you how to create these easy rhythmic blocks that are really going to start to make your improvisation a lot easier. Alright, so first of all, if you'd like to suggest a topic, just go back to the confident improviser.com/surveyandyoucanputinyourrequestforatopiconeofmystudentswasaskingmeaboutrhythmso. That's what we're going to be talking about today. Alright, so and then of course, don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel for updates. I'll talk about that in a second though. Alright, so let's jump right into this. So what I have here is I have eight to beat blocks. Okay? So these blocks are just to beat in length. That's what we call duple. In music, alright, dup L E. duple. Means based on two beats tripled means based on three beats, right? So in music, we can either have duple, or triple meter, an example of triple would be three, four times six, eight times divisible by three Dupo will be 2444. Now, you could also have combinations to right, so if you had seven, it might be two, two, and three, if you have five, it might be three in two, or two and three. Anyway. So these are two beat rhythms. Now why are we using two beats of a rhythm rather than the entire four beats, the reason we're using the two beats, it makes it a little bit easier for you to be able to quickly get that rhythm down, get it, you know, under your fingertips, but then also don't forget, you can just combine together to to beat rhythms and now you got four beats. So it offers you a little bit more flexibility because now you don't have to worry about trying to take away you know, some beats if you're moving to like, say to for time, alright, so we have these, these eight different rhythms, like I said, Alright, so the first one here is d by dA, number two is da de ba, number three is, oh, but de ba, number four is d by d BA, number five is, oh, by dA, number six is triple A da, number seven is triple a triple A, and number eight is up by triple it. Right now, if you need help vocalizing these rhythms, please make sure you take a look at my rhythm essentials course, that's found only at jazz. So be sure to go through that course. And you can understand all of the vocalization of this. So here are my eight rhythms. So now what do I do with these eight rhythms? Well, the first thing is you want to make sure that you know how to vocalize them, and you know how to play them well. So let's just take, let's take number six here. So it's triple lead, da, triphala, triphala, triphala, triphala, da. Now, the first thing you want to do after you know, after you could play them and vocalize them is now to start to apply them, you want to apply them to something simple, like a simple five finger scale, like, here's my C major Five Finger scale, or a C minor Five Finger scale, or even a C blues, five finger scale, right, or you can apply them to the entire scale, it's completely up to you, I would say start with the five finger scale first. That way, you don't have to worry about crossing fingers. And all I'm going to do is I'm going to take this rhythm, triple lead da, and I'm going to apply it to these five notes. So it's triple A 03:27 da, da, da, da, da. 03:34 Right, that's how my five finger major scale, I could do it on the minor one as well. 03:37 So da, da, da, 03:41 I'm just trying to get the feel of that rhythm underneath my fingertips while I'm playing the scale. Maybe I apply it to it entire C major scale, 03:51 da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da. 03:59 So you see how I have to cross underneath, and I'm going up just to the very next note of the scale. Now, of course, I don't have to do it that way. Either. I could come up with my licks and you know, and do all of that. And that would be fine as well. But if you're having difficulty with these rhythms, make sure you start by vocalizing them first, then try to apply them to some scales. Let's take another room. Let's take rhythm number three, oh, by the by. So if I apply that to my C major scale, 04:26 oh bye Alright, so you see, I could just take that rhythm, I'm just applying it to notes of my C major scale. Right. So now what you are here for and what you've come for is well, how do I now start to take that rhythm and apply it into my improvisation? Okay, so if we take a look at this exam Apple here, you're gonna notice that? Well, first of all, let me let me just play this example for you, right? Now, bear in mind, it's not gonna blow your socks off, but it's a pretty good start. Here we go, one, two, ready, go. 05:21 Okay, that's so bad, right. And all I'm doing here is it's very, very simple. I'm just utilizing my C, five finger blues scale. And those notes are C, E flat, F, G flat, or F sharp, and G, right. So it's just those five notes and I'm applying the rhythm to these notes of the scale. I am applying that rhythm to any of the notes. So meaning that I don't have to start on C and go on to the very next note and always down and up like that I could start anywhere. So in this case, I started on the G. Okay, and what you will notice here is that this first rhythm rhythm number one is right here, in my right hand for this example. Okay, so, the Budda Okay, and what do you notice for the next one? That's rhythm number two. And what do you notice for the next two beats? That's rhythm number three, buddy, PA? And what do you notice for the last four beats or less two beats here in a second measure, buddy? That's my number four. All right. So that's, that's example number four. So all I did was I literally took these examples 123, and four, and I applied notes from the scale to those examples. So now, the question would be, well, how do I utilize this, in my practice, what would be a fun way of utilizing this in practice? Well, what I would do is I would take and I would create index cards of each of these rhythms. Okay, so take rhythm number one, rhythm number two, or 345678. And I will put these on index cards. Now, you can also download this sheet music and you can print it off. And, you know, do it that way, if you want to write or if you have Sibelius or MuseScore, or any other, you know, notation software, you could just come up with your own stuff. But I would take these eight rhythms, and I would create eight different cards. And I would then take that those cards, and I would put them in any order, so like maybe I might start with number two, then I do number four, then I do number eight, and then number six, okay, now that remember, these are to beat rhythms or to beat blocks. So that's going to give me how many measures in four, four time if I have four cards, two beats, two times four is eight, eight beats, that's two measures in four, four time. So the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm just going to go through, I'm just going to practice these, right, I'm going to do them right in order. So I'm going to do two, then four, then I'll do 248 and six, I just number these to see how so number two, number four, number eight. And then finally number six. Okay, so here we go, da, da, buddy by the by triple net, triple A da. Okay, that was going from number two, to number four to number eight to number six. Right? And I want to just play that and get that down. Nice and well, 08:13 da, 08:13 the buddy, buddy. But Republic Republic. Again, if you don't know the vocalization, check out that rhythm essentials course, all of it is explained right in there. Alright, so now that I have those four cards all laid out on my piano and I have this rhythm in front of me, dot d by the by the AAA AAA dot. Now I will take that and maybe I'll play like a C seven chord show over here. Maybe I do a baseline, whatever you want to do for your accompaniment, that's completely up to you, right? So I'm just gonna do something simple with my deceased seven. I'm just gonna play that for the floor. And in the right hand, I'm gonna use the notes of my C blue scale. Okay, so here we go. 08:55 Da da, da, da, da, 09:07 da. Okay, so I just went through three times. And I created different lines and different licks and different improvisation by taking these different cards, laying them out in front of me right now. I'm just laying them out on the screen here for you. But you see the order 1234. Right. So that that's my order in which I would lay them out. Okay, I take that I've mastered that rhythm, I get that rhythm down. Then I start to apply those notes to that rhythm. I'm going to tell you, this is a super, super powerful concept. Alright, so if you work on this, and you really get down the these different rhythms and then you can really start to apply these notes to the rhythm. You're going to notice a big change in your playing. Why is that? Because rhythm is the engine of improvisation, right? It's less about getting the right notes. Okay? Right notes are just complete BS So in many ways, it's more about the rhythm in the way that you approach those notes. Right? So stop worrying about like, Oh, am I getting the right notes, don't worry about that. You can play the wrong notes all over the place. But if you play them with good rhythm, they're gonna sound halfway decent. But you could play all the right notes all of the time, but if they're played with crappy rhythm, well, guess what, your improvisation is going to sound the same, right? Alright, so Anyway, like I said, be sure to sign up for updates on the channel. That way you get these videos when they get released, right just do a search on YouTube for jazz edge. And if you want daily jazz piano lessons, I got a brand new site now. Jazz Piano daily, just go head right over to jazz piano daily. There is no cost to sign up for these daily piano lessons, right literally all you have to do is just put in your name and email address, and you're good to go. So jazz piano daily.com Be sure to go back there put in your name and email address and I looking forward to seeing you guys in the next lesson. I take care guys

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