Transcribing GREAT solos, analyzing them and learning to apply key elements into your own soloing is the best way I know to improve your improvisational skills. I'd like to show you what I worked on with my student, Lucy in our last lesson and challenge you to transcribe, analyze, and GROW.
Aimee is quickly becoming a highly sought after educator in the jazz community, since launching her YouTube channel, Aimee Nolte Music. She spent a 10 day stint as an instructor for the renowned vocal coach David Braid's VocalizeU camp in Malibu during the summer of 2016 and has appeared as a featured artist/clinician/adjudicator at numerous jazz festivals around the country, including Univeristy Of Northern Michigan, Fullerton College, South Plains College, and The Hilton Head Jazz Camp. Aimee continues to teach clinics and master classes to students who want to learn to scat seeing like serious jazz musicians, and players who want to take their improvisation game to the next level.
Recorded using Earthworks SV33 Korg SV-1 Keyboard
If you've watched my first video about finger picking style, as applied to the piano, this is the next stop on your journey. Now you can take that principle and apply it to countless songs. Link to the worksheet in the first video: Fingerstyle Guitar For Piano Tutorial
Learn a few more chords with me that will help you on your journey to be able to play by ear. I'm calling them "the money chords.” They really have other names that more properly describe their functions, but I’m keeping it simple here.
#AimeeSaysUseYourEars - 23 min free piano lesson - Once you can figure out simple chords to songs by ear, how do you make them sound like music? Video #2 in the Back To Basics Playlist. Video recorded using: Earthworks SV33 , Earthworks PM40, AKG P220, 5'3 Hallet Davis Baby Grand, Panasonic Lumix G85
Whether you want to play jazz, rock, pop, soul, or country music, you need to do this first! My new video, "How To Play By Ear With Chords" has a small rant in it. Show it to your piano teacher! See also: How to practice major scales
In order to truly understand the music you are playing, a quick analysis is vitally important. Having an understanding of why the song does what it does, and where it does it is KEY to really absorbing it.
My favorite jazz players don't show me everything at once. They have the courage to leave me wanting more...waiting to see what they will do next. Finding truth in your improvisation is KEY. Recorded using Earthworks SV33 Earthworks PM40 5'3 Hallet Davis Baby Grand