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1. Why do you play E on A Altered scale?
E on A altered scale is the 5th, right? Perfect 5th is not "officially" in the altered scale, but we use it a lot anyway. I learned this from Gary Burton (Online of course ;))

2. Why do you play D on G altered scale?
D on G Altered scale is the Perfect 5th again.

3. Why do you play E on G altered scale?

E is major 6th. Major 6th is a great, especially if you are playing a major ii-V-I. But if you're playing a minor ii-V-i, then yes, use Altered scale with b13!
There are 3 different G Altered scales.
1. "The Classic": Ab melodic minor starting from G
2. Added perfect 5th and major 6th
3. Added perfect 5th and b13

4. When you play a G altered scale with major 6th (E), it is basically a diminished scale. Why do you call it altered scale?

I have already seen this scale with 3 different names 😀
From shortest to longest:
1. G altered Scale
2. G Diminished scales
3. G Half-whole diminished scale
I went for the shortest in this video.

5. How would you call the G altered scale with b13?

G altered b13 scale.

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  1. David Magyel

    09/11/2016 at 9:55 PM

    wow, thank you guys! It is very nice to come home after a long day and read these comments! 😉

    • Louis Pearson

      06/30/2017 at 2:44 PM

      In bar 4. shouldn’t G altered scale have an Eflat? ]
      this is confusing me

  2. Jereh Alencar

    02/12/2017 at 8:23 PM

    Hello Friend. I am Brazilian, I discovered your channel less than a week and I am enjoying and learning too much with your videos and classes. I hope this project continues. Hugs, all the best.

    • David Magyel

      02/14/2017 at 10:45 AM

      Yes, it continues 🙂 I just had few weeks now when I had to focus on something else, but this week I am back in track 😉
      Hugs and thanks!


    02/27/2017 at 10:27 AM

    David your lessons are in the top of my videos. THOSE that are having problems reading music should read this.. I am an advanced player player of blues ect. I don’t have problems playing reading is my downfall and of course it augment my playing.. read on fellow aspiring musicians. I have taught jazz guitar and had a jazz piano teacher for a year or so.. I still have the lesson we did model ect.. oh and I took lessons when I was young.. but I was not a good note reader.. I read music but I read music yes I could say i read music but really I read it like a third grader you know sounding the syllables out having no concept how to do full sentences. of course I am comparing reading music to reading English.. so now I say and own up to the fact that even tho I read music it is poor. I now practice reading music away from the instrument.. I have put away all the pieces that are beyond me and read many notes each day. I am twice as good a music reader as I was.. now a minimum of stops to figure out noted and I do not use sayings like every good boy.. and good boys do.. that is a very bad habit..I am sorry I ever learned it.. I now reach for it occasionally and that is seldom now. I used to use it 100s of times in long practices. just think your mind mentally has to sound out every a two part word. stopping using this saying has built my confidence up tremendously. I think a lot of people are poor individual note readers but keep trudging on.. I have spent thousands of hour reading music or should I as trying to read music I couldn’t dream of doing songs like rhondo alah turca that were extremely difficult are coming along. I never thought I would learn that. its starting at the basics. if anyone has had familiar experiences with reading music. feel free to comment.

  4. Curtis McLeod

    03/05/2017 at 5:25 PM

    For real, you’re channel is my favorite for jazz piano.

    • David Magyel

      03/11/2017 at 2:48 PM

      Oh, so nice to hear that… for real.

  5. Kan Kan

    03/06/2017 at 3:59 AM

    muy motivante tu enseñanza maestro….gracias

  6. Chromaticbird

    03/10/2017 at 2:45 AM

    what was that you played before the sheet music ?

  7. Elsee Lin

    03/19/2017 at 3:44 PM

    thanks you

  8. Michael Sherman

    03/20/2017 at 1:31 AM

    Great stuff, David! Are there mp3’s of the backing tracks to your lessons?

  9. ラウラ音楽教室

    03/20/2017 at 12:00 PM

    Thanks so much Master David.! Your lessons are very useful and interesting!ありがとうございます。-^^

  10. Bartnick81

    03/30/2017 at 8:24 PM

    This exercise rocks!!!!

  11. Marco Farina

    04/01/2017 at 5:16 PM

    Grazie! Un grande video!

  12. Salil Karkarey

    04/08/2017 at 8:19 PM

    Amazing!! Thanks for your hard work!

  13. fajar Nugroho

    04/12/2017 at 2:55 AM

    I found it. the best way to practice jazz. Bless you sir :))

  14. Sebastián Barrantes

    04/25/2017 at 5:57 PM

    Wow, how is it that I didn’t knew this channel? This is great!!!

  15. Alfredo Canziani

    04/26/2017 at 4:38 AM

    Impressive. I think I’ll go over all your videos. Faithfully, another subscriber of yours.

  16. Yllen Lipuma

    05/31/2017 at 9:23 PM

    I don’t understand the alt scale 😞there must be some rule!

    • David Magyel

      06/01/2017 at 5:37 PM

      Yllen Lipuma i have tried to explain it in the description 🙂 I hope it helps.

    • Yllen Lipuma

      06/02/2017 at 1:03 AM

      David Magyel thank you very much David!👍👍👍

  17. Roger Mielke - Piano Man

    06/01/2017 at 4:19 PM

    Your fantastic 😉

  18. Bruno Nantet

    06/22/2017 at 3:55 AM

    hohowww the best channel very good!!

  19. Daniel Wolfe

    06/28/2017 at 6:11 AM

    Best channel helping people learn piano I swear! Where are you based? Do you give lessons?

  20. Dama Luke

    06/30/2017 at 4:23 AM

    hey, l love your videos and they really helped me a lot.lm thinking about if you can explain more about the shape of Jz scales and provide more fundemental practices so that we can follow, but anyway thanks your videos.