Jazz piano students are always asking about the blues. What chords are used in the blues? What is the blues scale? How do I improvise over the changes? The basics of the blues progression are laid out in this lesson: blues form, major and minor blues chord progressions and the blues scale are covered. Learn how to use the blues scale to improvise over the blues progression by incorporating three effective improvisational techniques into your soloing to help you create coherent and engaging lines.
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Intro Transcription
Practice Session 2 - Play the Blues in F
Listen to Wynton Kelly's solo on the tune "Freddie Freeloader" from the album "Kind of Blue." It is a masterclass in blues jazz piano soloing.