Next class, you will solo using the A minor pentatonic scale. After some practice, you should be able to:
– use the swing rhythm (long-short-long-short, etc.)
– know the five scale notes up and down the whole keyboard
– use passing tones (the black keys between the notes of the scale)
Your partner will comp.
Comping is short for accompany. They will alternate playing the A minor chord with their left hand (pinky on A, middle finger on C, thumb on E) and shift to G Major (G, B, D).
Don’t forget to count the swing rhythm in your head –
one AND two AND three AND four AND