NewJazz

Jazz Piano Improvisation Lessons

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

How to improvise an EASY JAZZ SOLO with simple ARPEGGIOS

Description:
From HARD WORK doing useful exercises to FUN WORK creating and improvising jazz. First we do some simple and basic ARPEGGIO EXERCISES. Then we loosen up and with the exercises as a foundation we learn how to improvise an EASY JAZZ SOLO. Along the road we also learn to play a simple, allround and thrilling WALKING BASS to make the grounding for our exercises and improvisation.

Easy TRICKS to JAZZ UP your PIANO improvisation

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We use an arpeggio technique as basis. Then we add some easy but yet very thrilling tricks to Jazz Up our solo. We use Leading tones, chromatic tones, some blues, diminished chords and a tritone substitute chord. Enjoy!

RHYTHMIC JAZZ EXERCISES - Coordinate Left & Right Hand

Description:
We make a very useful rhythmic exercise for jazz improvisation. The exercise functions as a kind of ever going 'motor'. The motor is based on some very simple ideas: we invent a piano "finger sequence" and we use a pentatonic "hand grip" and we make rhythm and phrases into a thrilling musical counterpoint!!! Our exercise is fundamental in many ways, if we want to be free to express ourselves when improvising Music. In particular the exercise will make us strong when combining rhythm and phrases in a free manner. Later on in the lesson we add the left hand chords to the exercise. The chords also make a thrilling counterpoint to the rhythm!!! With the "motor" exercise we automatically learn to put in the left hand chords on all the different sub beats just by following the patterns of the right hand phrases. Then we make different tonal flavors by moving our pentatonic hand grip to different positions on the keys. By the end of the lesson I inspire you to create and exercise your own favorite phrases and to add these to the 'motor' - the opportunities to form your own Music are endless...

10 STEPS TO IMPROVISE JAZZ

Description:
This is a very simple and yet very powerful jazz improvisation lesson for the right hand. We walk through 10 easy steps. We do exercises and I give you some practical jazz tips on the road. A good lesson for beginners but I'm sure experts can be inspired as well...

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8 STEPS to IMPROVISE JAZZ with BOTH HANDS

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We'll learn a method to improvise Jazz by using the Pentatonic scale. We start with the left hand chords and with that basis we add the right hand Jazz solo.

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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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Learn ONE PHRASE to play a THRILLING JAZZ SOLO

Description:
With a simple musical PHRASE (lick) as basis material we learn to improvise a COMPLETE JAZZ SOLO. We'll do a lot of useful JAZZ EXERCISES and by the end of this music lesson you can play along to a BACKING TRACK (made for the occasion) and try out the techniques together with drums, bass and Rhodes piano voicing.

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3 small MOTIFS to improvise a thrilling BLUES & JAZZ solo

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With only 3 little motifs we improvise a thrilling Blues solo with Soul & Jazz inspiration. The idea is that we just transpose our 3 small motifs to different keys and we can improvise over for example an entire 12 bar blues chord progression. This lesson is a follow-up on the lesson above (Learn ONE PHRASE to play a THRILLING JAZZ SOLO) - but this lesson can be seen individually anyway.

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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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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PIANO IMPROVISATION FOR BEGINNERS - just play the black keys!!!

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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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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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!!!

ALL MUSIC with OLIVER PREHN (PLAYLIST with 19 SONGS)

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YouTube PLAYLIST containing all Music with Oliver Prehn; Jazz, blues, fusion and some crazy stuff from another planet.

THE MODES: a Basic Introduction with a Crazy Continuation...

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In this lesson we'll have a lot of fun learning and playing the 7 Modes - also named "Church" Modes or "Major" Modes. First I'll introduce you to the Modes and I'll show you an easy method to learn the Modes based on how they actually sound. In that way you'll learn the Modes by ear rather than by theory. Then we just go crazy and we combine several modes and play "Multi Mode". Then we completely break the boundaries of the Modes and we play Non-Diatonic... Finally I'll provide you with inspiration to continue the work on your own hand, exploring the Modes, creating "New Jazz" sounds.

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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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Learn to play a simple Modal Jazz Solo

Description:
In this music lesson we'll use only a few minutes to learn to play a modal funky rock & jazz solo on the piano. Then we'll hear the music performed in practice with Erik Frandsen on the Drums and "Tao" on the bass. I hope you will enjoy :)

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Introduction to MIXOLYDIAN scale

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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

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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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Explore the SCALES with 4 smart TOOLS

HOW TO BUILD THE TOOLS:

  1. Print and cut out the two discs (link to PDF below)
  2. Place the smaller disc upon the larger disc
  3. Connect the two discs by the center. Use for example a clothing snap or a book screw (link below)
HOW TO USE THE TOOLS:
  1. Choose a scale on the lower disc
  2. Choose a keynote on the upper disc
  3. Point the keynote and the scale together by rotating the discs
  4. Now all the scale-notes are pointed out
Each of the 4 tools represents a family of 7 scales: The Major Modes, the Melodic minor Modes, the Harmonic minor Modes and the Harmonic Major Modes.

Many thanks to subscriber and Patron 'nupfe' from Germany who has redesigned the discs and made them really smart and handy. His work is characterized by extreme thoroughness and everything he does is extravagant and perfect. Thank you very much "nupfe", you have been VERY VERY helpful with this lesson!!!

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Super COOL TOOL to look up scales! Let's play 2-5-1 in Major...

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We use a super cool cardboard tool to look up all the "Major" Modes, "Melodic minor" Modes, "Harmonic minor" Modes and "Harmonic Major" Modes. We play 2-5-1 chord progression in Major and we look up different scales and we listen to the jazzy and thrilling sounds we can make.

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HARMONIC MINOR MODES - Theory & Practice

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We compare the 7 harmonic minor modes with the nearby scales to learn the characteristics and we find out when to use the modes; on what chords we can play the specific modes. Then I introduce a smart tool to look up all harmonic minor modes in any key!!! By the end of the lesson we learn some easy practical techniques to improvise over the scales.

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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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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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