New Jazz

Jazz Piano Improvisation Lessons

Drums: Erik Frandsen
Engineering & Support: Jonathan Prehn
Producer, Teacher & Keys: Oliver Prehn
About NewJazz, Music Life & Improvised Music

Description:
Listen to the birds... how can we improvise Music like the birds???

Take a walk with me in the forest in the early springtime. We will talk about improvised music, music life and what the NewJazz channel should be all about.

This video also contains some philosophy on "Music Improvisation". Walking in Nature, getting away from our music instrument, makes us think differently and we may look at Music in a larger perspective.

Enjoy this little untraditional video and introduction to the NewJazz project and watch all NewJazz Music Lessons below...

The best and warm regards
Oliver Prehn

Simple PIANO EXERCISES for Advanced JAZZ IMPROVISATION

Description:
Fundamental, simple and very powerful right hand modal jazz piano exercises. Taking advantages of the physiology of the hand using primarily the 3 first fingers making a strong, simple and 'fast moving' foundation to be used when playing a jazz piano solo.

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2-5-1 Jazz Improvisation - in a Single Hand Grip!

Description:
We will learn a simple practical method to improvise Jazz over the 2-5-1 chord progression in Major.
We will also talk some nerdy jazz theory in between.
But when we perform, we use simple tools that automatically unfolds the music!

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EASY JAZZ PIANO IMPROVISATION (2-5-1 in minor)

Description:
We use a triad based hand grip (upper structure) to improvise over the 2-5-1 (II-V-I) chord progression in minor. By using a specific "hand grip" the Jazz scales reveal themselves automatically and our Jazz improvisation becomes more simple and easy! We do not think music theory while playing the piano!!!

Shortcuts to play JAZZ CHORDS with upper structures

Description:
We use a simple technique to PLAY JAZZ - RIGHT AWAY! Without thinking music theory! The theory we add later on...

We explore a SIMPLE TECHNIQUE to connect the left hand chord pattern with the right hand upper structure. By using the very same technique we can play many different kinds of thrilling and HUGE JAZZ CHORDS and we can make smooth chord progressions.

Methods for Simple Blues Improvisation

Description:
We learn how to improvise over the 12 bar blues in C using a single hand grip. An easy approach to advanced blues solo playing.

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Just play the Piano and feel the Music...

Description:
We'll play Music RIGHT AWAY even if this is your very first piano lesson! In this tutorial we'll get right into the essence of Music and express our emotions and feelings. And we'll have a lot of FUN :)

We make the benefit of a VERY simple tool: We may only hit the black keys. It happens that we can make beautiful Music with the black keys only: simple Music is often the best Music!!! This is a beginner lesson but experts can for sure also be inspired.

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The MELODIC MINOR MODES - 7 great Jazz scales

Description:
We make great jazzy sound with the MELODIC MINOR MODES. We locate and order all the 7 modes in a SIMPLE CIRCULAR SYSTEM. We use the scales to IMPROVISE JAZZ over the II-V-I chord progression.

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Modal Moon Dance

Description:
Modal piano improvisation using all the church modes in G - just switching randomly between the modes. The following Youtube lesson explains the technique in use: How to Improvise Jazz using the Pentatonic Scale
Tao Prehn, an imaginary twin to Oliver Prehn, is playing the bass keyboard. Erik Frandsen on the Drums & Oliver Prehn on the solo keyboard.

Tempo:
130 BPM

Chord Progression:
A-section ||: G (in different modes) :|| X 16
B-section || Ab (in different modes) | Ab (in different modes) | G (in different modes) | G (in different modes) ||

Improvisation Material:
When G is in the bass: G-Ionian, G-Dorian, G-Phrygian, G-Lydian, G-Mixolydian, G-Aeolian and G-Locrian
When Ab is in the bass: Ab-Ionian, Ab-Dorian, Ab-Phrygian, Ab-Lydian, Ab-Mixolydian, Ab-Aeolian and Ab-Locrian
Sometimes the modes are stretched to the "super chords". This non-diatonic technique is explained in this Youtube lesson at time 52:16.

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How to IMPROVISE JAZZ using the PENTATONIC SCALE - from basic to far-out

Description:
Learn jazz piano improvisation using only the pentatonic scale.

We start up very easy and then we put on more and more stuff as we go along. In the end we go crazy building SUPER CHORDS flying into space!

This is a very comprehensive lesson that contains stuff for both the beginner and the trained pianist.

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Introduction to MIXOLYDIAN scale

Description:
We discover the Mixolydian characteristics. Then we create an expanded left hand chord and we improvise a solo with the right hand. Then we discuss the so called "avoid" note and we find out that the "avoid" note is not so dangerous after all. Finally we make another thrilling jazz scale that is almost like the Mixolydian...

Left hand chords: "minor 7" and "suspended" chord progressions

Description:
We will learn a very useful grip to play left hand jazz chords. First we exercise the minor 7 chord. Then we use the very same grip to exercise suspended (sus) chords.

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Left hand chords: "Dominant 7" and "II-V" progressions

Description:
We will learn a very useful grip to play left hand jazz chords. We exercise "7" chords and II-V (2-5) progressions and we mix in the "minor 7", "suspended" (sus) and "altered" chord.

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Left hand chords: We exercise "Tonic" and "II-V-I" progressions

Description:
We will learn a very useful grip to play left hand jazz chords. First we exercise tonic chords, then we exercise II-V-I (2-5-1) chord progressions. We play "minor 7", "7", altered, suspended and tonic chords.

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Shortcuts to LEFT HAND JAZZ CHORDS: 2-5-1 in minor

Description:
We use only ONE single LEFT HAND GRIP to play the ENTIRE 2-5-1 (II-V-I) chord progression in minor.

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Jazzy Blues Improvisation - Simple Tools, Great Sound

Description:
Advanced Jazzy Blues Improvisation using 2 Simple Hand Grips
a NonScale Approach!

Song Title:
Stupid Blues!

Tempo:
60 BPM

Sound Progression:
||: Fm :||

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Mess up the Dorian Mode - Atonal Jazz Piano Improvisation

Description:
Mess Up the Dorian Mode making Non-Diatonic Sound taking Advantage of the Consonant & Symmetric Features from Dorian Mode.

Song Title:
Epic Escape

Tempo:
76 BPM

Sound Progression:
||: Eb-Dorian/e || D-Dorian/eb :||

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Arranging the 7 Church Modes

Description:
Explaining the CIRCLE OF CHURCH MODES - a very useful illustration to locate, describe and arrange all seven modes: Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian.

Exploring the universal interval pattern of the church modes and developing nice sounding improvisation tricks that can be used and reused, no matter what church mode we are playing!

Playing all seven jazz modes using the minor pentatonic scale pattern.

Song Title:
Do the Church Mode

Tempo:
80 BPM

Score:
||: Dorian | Ionian | Locrian | Aeolian | Dorian | Phrygian | Lydian | Mixolydian :||

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The Tool of Church Modes

Description:
Building a simple tool to look up all 7 Modes in all 12 keys.

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The Tool of Melodic Minor Modes

Description:
Smart tool to look up all the melodic minor modes in any key. Grasp the very nature of the melodic minor scales and find out how they are related.

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Playing Chromatic Scale - structured by Pentatonic Improvisation Techniques

Description:
We bring order to the chromatic chaos using Pentatonic hand grips ordered in a straight sequence that fits the octave. This video gives you a structured sound of a NON-diatonic world.

Song Title:
Chromatic Detox

Improvisation material:
Keynote G: Constantly switching between Gm pentatonic, Bm pentatonic & Ebm pentatonic.
Keynote C: Constantly switching between Cm pentatonic, Em pentatonic & Abm pentatonic.

Tempo:
85 BPM

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Playing Dorian using Pentatonic Hand Grips

Description:
An approach on playing the Dorian mode using Pentatonic scales and structures instead of playing the Dorian scale 'up and down'.

Song Title:
Pentatonic & Dorian

Diatonic Mode:
|| F Dorian ||

Tempo:
120 BPM

Improvisation Material:
F, C & G Minor Pentatonic which represents the Dorian Scale

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Playlist with "Short Tutorials" that summarize and extract Stuff from the more comprehensive Lessons above

Description:
This playlist of short tutorials from NewJazz are mostly based on stuff from the more comprehensive lessons above. With the short tutorials you can more easily zap between different ideas on music improvisation.

Music Only: "Organic Notes" - Jazz&Rock Fusion

Description:
Organ Jazz&Rock Fusion. Playing inside and outside Dorian Scale.

Tempo:
74 BPM

Improvisation Material (after the short intro theme):
Playing inside and outside a-dorian using pentatonic structures
Blue text above the Solo Organ when playing inside a-dorian Mode and red text when playing outside a-dorian Mode.

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OneDotOne Jam

Section "A":
||: Gm9 | Fmaj7(6,9) :||

Section "B":
||: Ebsus /E | Dsus /Eb :||

Fermat (end chord):
Gm maj7

Musical Form:
(drum intro) 4x(AB)

Tempo:
85 BPM

Improvisation Material:
Gm9: G Dorian
Fmaj7(6,9): F Ionian
Ebsus/E: Eb Dorian (YES, it is Eb Dorian mode with E in the bass, try it out)
Dsus/Eb: D Dorian (same as above, just moved a half step down)
Gm maj7: G melodic minor ascending

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Fast Fusion Beat

Section "A":
||: Dsus13 | Dsus13 | Dm(b13) | Dm(b13) :|| x3
| Dsus13 | Dsus13 | D7(#9,b13) | D7(#9,b13) ||

Section "B":
||: G13 :|| x4
||: A(#9,b13) :|| x4

Musical Form:
4x(A-B)

Tempo:
126 BPM

Improvisation Material:
When Dsus13 played: D dorian scale, avoid note f
When Dm(b13) played: D natural minor scale
When D7(#9,b13) played: D altered dominant scale
When G13 played: G major blues scale
When A7(#9,b13) played: A altered dominant scale

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People Watching

Chord progression:
Cm, Ab7, Bb7

Tempo:
72 BPM

Improvisation Material:
When Cm played: C Dorian added blue notes
When Ab7 played: Ab Mixolydian #4
When Bb7 played: Bb Mixolydian

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