Practicing Jazz Groove, Lesson 2

So here’s another clip from the greats. It’s another blues. But a slow blues, which is a great style to be a part of.

First, I can feel my body relaxing when I listen to this. Two, everything is so tasty. Three, less can be more.

You can do what you want but here’s some suggestions, much like lesson 1.

  1. Play quarter note comping of the changes (blues in C) – try to lock in with the ride and the bass (you can do this while playing the chords with your left hand, or muted, so you just focus on the time)
  2. Try to play along with the melodies and solos
  3. Play your solos for the entire song
  4. Play countermelodies that fit harmonically and melodically
  5. Mix it up, chorus by chorus. So comp for a chorus, follow along for a chorus, play a solo (single line, double line, chords) for chorus, etc.

I’ve been comping along to the song for a months now and I really enjoy it and find it really helps me with my understanding of groove.  So, I recommend anyone who’s interested do the same!

Check out the turnarounds that are used for the last 2 bars.  Besides the normal I-V and I-vi-ii-V, there’s also I-iv-I-V.  In other words, they go to the fourth (F minor chord).  This sounds good and mixes up the blues, too.  Also, check out the elegant counterpoints that going on between Count Basie and Oscar Peterson.  It’s amazing how few notes Oscar Peterson is playing.  Count Basie plays like this a lot but I haven’t heard Oscar do it that often.  I think playing guitar in a similar fashion with good tone would sound awesome.  Particularly if you could incorporate some of the counter melodies, etc.

Here’s the to main chords they play. Upper-case means major, lower-case means minor:

| C | F | C | C |
| F | F | C | a |
| d | G | C a | d G |

or ( the difference is in the last 4 bars)

| C | F | C | C |
| F | F | C | a |
| d | G | C F,f | C G |

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