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Modes of the major scale. Using the modes of the major scale of F (or relative minor) as an underlying basis for improvisation. Performance and lesson on improvising on one scale for the song “Autumn Leaves”, classic standard written by Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer. Also covers use of target tones, passing tones, chromatic approach tones , and chord alteration. For more on improvisation see playlists on channel page. Please go to website for free scores and to view jazz piano book


benzen78 says:

Thanks Kent! Excellent explanations as always! It seems far less obscure to me. Time to practice now… 😉

Jonathan Lehmann says:

Kent, you are a very talented musician and equally talented teacher as so many other people have mentioned. I'm on the lookout for notifications from your channel 🙂

Bill Weathers says:

Terrific teaching! I’m gonna subscribe!

Robin Marwick says:

Brilliant, inspiring and very informative …love Herbie as well. Once again Kent thanks. I feel that I've learned a great deal from you.

Smokester Joe says:

Your such a cool jazzcat,thanks for all your lessons Kent,stay healthy and keep on groovin…

Chipshotz says:

I always have to laugh when Hermie?? looks down on us "with pity".

Chet Heflin says:

That was some really nice playing. Beautiful interpretation. From a 1982 North Texas graduate. Thank you.

c music says:

And that's jazz

Zev Kurtzman says:

I found the separate video of you on the top a little distraction but I might be alone in that. Anyways great work

Donna Patterson says:

It's one thing to be an accomplished pianist, often another thing to be an accomplished teacher. You Kent have both in spades. Thanks so much for trying to teach us modes. It's going to take a while for me. But I will learn it.

Gianna Giavelli says:

backing track?

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have you ever covered body and soul or Cherokee? I searched and didn’t find them on the channel


Oh yeah the idea was to read it off my phone. Total success with Midi Sheet Music app. Reading it out, allowed me to play it fluently and
I can see the pattern clearly. in addition it is an excellent excercise in reading and hearing music. By writing music ..even simple music , eg Mary had a Little lamb, helps us to read confidently simple songs.


Working on all the triadic inversions in all keys. I wrote it out in maestro in first inversion. i ised maestro and by accident I was able to import a midi file of it with the note name next to the note. Pretty good for brginner. The best Kent


Excellent series. I would be interested in the minor modes..

Chipshotz says:

Thanks Kent, this one hit home on issues I've been contemplating.

Derek Kudrow says:

Kent I know you're busy but there's something that's been bugging me. George Russell says forget about modes because it's one tonal center. Although he's thinking in Lydian and you're thinking in Ionian (over this tune for example), it seems like the same idea. Doesn't thinking modally just confuse things because starting on a specific mode implies starting on the root note of the Chord. Is it not OK to approach a chord on a note other than its root? I get the importance of hitting the 135 or seven of a chord, but if I start on it's nine or six would that be so bad? Moving one or two tonal centers around seems more manageable. Please advise when you have a moment. And very happy holidays to you! Thank you for your wonderful contribution.

Mario Garces says:

Guauuuu. Genial. Espectacular

fabtoled says:

Thank you Sir, I wish I could like your videos twice, your lessons are really clear and loaded, and it's so nice to hear you swing and try to make it easy for us. And that Herbie cat looks like an easy going fellow!



Ryan Jerzak says:

It's so cool to be able to play piano along to these videos at half speed. It helps a ton if you pay attention to how Kent sets up his fingers and hands before he plays a chord or a phrase.

Mariya Stepanenko says:

THANK YOU!! Put everything into perspective for me

John Reynolds says:

Music can be broken down to mathematical formulas relating mechanical actions to sound in the space-time continuum, but producing something listenable requires certain intangible skills. Einstein figured nuclear physics would be an easier career path than music ha ha.

Payam Nazerian says:

Thank You sir. It is always so lovely to hear You playing! I really wanna buy a album You playing some standards, if you help me how? i am grateful for everything i learn during these 8-10 years i think!
i know that i that You from all of us 80TN

John A says:

Truly amazing and helpful! Thank you!

Iván García says:

Superb improvisation and wisdom, thank you for another great lesson Kent

hardroll says:

The song’s in D minor and yes, it’s relative to F major but it’s still D minor. Jazz musicians want to submit music to their way of thinking when they should submit their way of thinking to music.

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