Early Classical, K-Pop, Contemporary Christian & New Age Music: When it comes to improvisation, what do these genres have in common? Hint: You can sound great using just 7 notes!
For the above styles of music (plus certain Jazz & Gospel tunes), the 7 notes of the key center scale works well for improvising over the whole tune. It’s an easy concept to keep in mind that may enhance your solos, without having to think of too many confusing options, so you can focus on building nice melodic lines using rhythmic variety. When we build solos upon one scale it’s called improvising diatonically – which works fine provided the tune’s harmony doesn’t stray far from the home key.
Pianists, keyboardists, and guitarists have the advantage of being able to build chords diatonically by combining notes built across a scale. In the following video tutorial I’ll show you how to do just that by using the D major scale (the key center of the #kpop hit Euphoria, sung by Jungkook of the band #BTS). The entire video – all exercises and examples – are made using only these 7 notes: D E F# G A B C#.
Hope you have fun exploring the key of D like I did! – DD
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Ever notice how certain old hymns have chords and candences like other familiar tunes? (Especially the ones in 3/4 time can sound like Irish or Country Waltzes, Holiday Hits, or early American Songs.) I was MONKeying around with this request for The Old Rugged Cross, getting ready for a memorial service, when I kept getting distracted by other tunes which sounded similar.
The phone rang late one Thursday evening. A male voice on the line calmly asked, “Are you free a week from this Saturday at 9:00 am to play a wedding for my daughter at the North Mission, and do you know the Ave Maria?”
Professional jazz pianist, author of several instructional books with audio for jazz/church/various styles of keyboard improvisation. Debbie Denke is a classically trained pianist with a passion for jazz improvisation and a dedicated teacher. Continue reading “About Debbie Denke”