Review: The Notes of the SCALE (read this first to review the scale degrees.)

Here are some great resources I’ve found.  Of course it’s much quicker to learn with an experienced teacher, but if you’re just poking around, here’s some good stuff I’ve found:

From www.PlayJazzNow.com (backing tracks for Blues and Jazz). These videos are awesome, I could not have done a better job myself, kudos.  Visit their site and buy some backing tracks – try the App Tracks first.
Basic Triads with no inversions (three note chord):

Major 7th Chords:

Minor 7th Chords:

See more at http://www.playjazznow.com/chordspellervid/

Here is one of their awesome Jam along Tracks:


Chords (left hand) and melody extensions (right hand):

[note] – the trick here is that they’re leaving out the bass note of the chord (leave it for the bass player) and extending the chord on the right hand with particular scale degrees such as the 9th, and 13th.  You will need to understand what the scale degrees are or you will be lost (read the basics – The Notes of the SCALE).

Here are some chord extensions to help you understand – the 8th note is one octave above the root note (i.e.: C to C, 8 notes up); the 9th note (degree) is just the 2nd degree – but one octave up; the 11th note is just the 4th degree – but one octave up; the 13th is just the 6th degree – one octave up.

Find more @ http://www.playjazznow.com/pianist_vid/.

When you are comfortable with the scale degrees and have them “under your belt” (at least a little), it’s time to Jam.  Jazz and the Blues rely heavily on improv.  If you play in a band, you might call this a “Jam”.  You’ll improvise over a certain progression – maybe twisting one of your favorite songs with a little improve.

I’m not going to reinvent the wheel.  I’m not in this for fame and fortune.  These guys do a great job (Just don’t get caught up trying to understand every detail the first run through.  It takes time and practice.):