An original American music style that originated in the early 20th century by improvisation and syncopation.

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What key fits with the chords Em7, F#m7, and B7#5?

I'm trying to find some good places to start an electric guitar solo for the song Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai . The solo will go over the verse progression. The verse progression seems to be some sort ...
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What is the name of the chord contains the notes Ab, C, D and G?

In the key of Bb major I came across a chord that contained the notes Ab, C, D and G. What chord could this be?
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What is the Lydian Chromatic Concept?

I've recently found out about George Russell's book the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization and I've been curious about exactly what the Lydian Chromatic Concept is and how it can be used ...
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Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock

In Cantaloupe Island by Herbie Hancock, the first measure is said to be Fm7. Now, we have a lot of notes that is not a part of the chord (non-chordal tones). How then can we say that this is Fm7? I ...
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Getting the most out of a Jazz standard

I recently started practising Jazz standards. I started with Take Five, and Girl from Ipanema as they seemed relatively easy to play and their melody easy to remember. I would like advice on how I can ...
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How common is it to omit the I in II V I cadences in Jazz?

I was studying the song 'Satin Doll' by Duke Ellington: And basically, there many II V in different tonalities. The same happens in Charles Mingus's 'Nostalgia in Times Square' (bars 9-11): In ...
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Sustain Pedal in Jazz Piano

I recently purchased a jazz piano book (Beginning Jazz Keyboard, Noah Baerman) and it says this: "Jazz pianists tend to release and depress the [sustain] pedal as the chord changes" **Why is this? ...
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Symmetry Instead of Tonaliity

I have read about a different approach to music, the symmetrical approach of analyzing, that was after I listened to a the jazz standard Giant Steps and heard that the technique that is used in the ...
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When to practice a song or chord progression in different keys

Right now I'm looping the changes to autumn leaves and practicing playing different chords/intervals over the changes. So for example I'll just play the 7th of every chord or I'll play the 3rd and ...
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Starting Jazz Improvisation on Saxophone

I've always wanted to be able to do jazz improvisations and I think I am almost at a point where I should start, though I know little about improvisation. I would like some pointers on technique and ...
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Replicating chord tones

I've been engrossed in Jazz music for 8 months now. Since I've had 9 years experience on guitar, I can usually pick out and sing the melody being played. However, chord tones and their harmonic ...
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What is a bebop enclosure?

One of the cornerstones of the bebop style is the bebop enclosure. What is it? How is it used in improvisation? What effect does it have?
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Getting into funky, jazzy fusion guitar playing

intermediate guitarist here! This question is going to be quite broad but hopefully you'll have some great tips. I'd love to get into the type of funky and/or jazzy type of guitar playing for ...
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How to enter in jazz theory

Maybe this question has been asked before. I could not find. I am self-learned amateur guitar player. I play for quite long time (around 10 years) and not playing jazz/blues bad but I feel not ...
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Diatonic substitution and upper-structure triads for minor chords

I'm going through Garrison Fewell's "Jazz Improvisation for Guitar - A Harmonic Approach". The start of Chapter 1 reads: Triad substitution is the use of triads derived from the chord tones and ...
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How to perform trombone solo? (improvisation)

I'm a euphonium player, but for jazz band at school I play trombone. Everyone in jazz band is required to play an improv piece only this is my first year doing trombone, so I'm not so certain. Should ...
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Is Dudley Moore's Bedazzled in A Phrygian?

This song (YouTube) is one of the strangest pieces of music I've heard, with a long "A" pedal bass and a huge variety of crazy harmonies on top (my transcription), including lots of tritones. Is ...
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Improv on F blues

I'm trying out for a high school jazz band, and on the audition paper it says I need to improvise on an F blues. Can someone explain to me what exactly that is? I know how to improvise on a blues ...
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Is it normal to struggle through “The Jazz Piano Book” by Mark Levine?

I'm a hobbyist pianist who has been playing primarily rock and blues music for about 2 years, and classical before that for a few years. I have a beginner grasp of music theory (I know my major, 3 ...
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Do triads sound strongest in second inversion?

On Mark Levine's Jazz Theory book, on Chapter Five, Slash Chords, it says: Although triads can sound good in any inversion, all things being equal triads sounds strongest in second inversion. ...
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Major Seventh chord with root note as melody : why the dissonance?

In wikipedia page - jazz chords : Major Seventh it is said that "if the melody note is the root of the chord, including a major seventh can frequently cause a harsh dissonance". But since the root ...
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Bill Frisell's Blues Dream

So I'm trying to learn this song and I was hoping you guys could help me "understand" it if that makes sense. Here is the version of the song I'm going off of on youtube. And here's a transcription ...
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Fifths of #9 chords

It seems like common practice to treat #9 chords as altered chords and, being guitarist, the most common voicing of them I'm familiar with is the Hendrix chord: e|-----| B|--8--| G|--7--| D|--6--| ...
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David Brubeck's “Take Five” in 4/4 Time

Dave Brubeck's famous hit "Take Five" is traditionally arranged in performed in 5/4 time. My jazz ensemble instructor, however, said he once witnessed a performance of "Take Five" in a "funky 4/4 ...
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Im6 chord in a minor II-V-I

In a minor II-V-I progression, we usually have a IIm7(b5) chord followed by a V7(b9,b13) chord, resolving into Im7. I always thought the diminished 5th in the II chord (also the minor 9th in the V7 ...
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Preparing for my first jazz gig

My first jazz gig is coming up (in about 45 days) and rehearsals start tomorrow. We are a quartet consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone. I am used to playing with the rhythm section - ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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Jazz guitar vocabulary

After studying loads of scales and arpeggios, I realized that they're simply frameworks and note options to draw and connect non-sistematic melodic phrases. Now I am looking forward to build a jazz ...
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How do I become better at “playing outside”?

One can spend an enormous amount of time playing melodies "in" the tonic. For example if your are in A major, you might favor A major or A lydian. However, there is a term called "playing outside" in ...
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Why is the diminished scale 'artificial'?

Upon reading Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book, on the chapter of the diminished scale, there a footnote that says: The diminished scale is artificial in the sense that it is not derived from the ...
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How does Gdim7 fit in C# minor?

I'm pretty new to music theory. This song is actually the reason why I even started reading about theory, but I still can't comprehend this chord progression. I ...
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Is a Cm7 chord considered minor or dominant?

Is a Cm7 chord considered minor or dominant? I'm studying jazz and trying to identify chord scales for particular harmonies. Also, what modes qualify to possibly fit with a Cm7 chord and how do I ...
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Locked Hands Passing Chords

For the "locked hands" block chord style, I've noticed that diminished chords can be used as passing chords to get from one chord to another or one melody note to the next if staying on the same ...
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How to achieve jazzier improvisation?

I'm a classic piano player and a beginner jazz pianist, I can play by ear melody and find chords. I have learned jazz theory very well and learned the improvising scales. but I have a problem : I ...
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What approach should I take to learn Jazz/blues guitar?

I played a bit of piano when I was younger, and a little guitar, but I lost most of it. I can still read sheet music, and taught myself the pentatonic scale, and I'm working on learning to recognize ...
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Trying to understand a nice harmonic end

The more I learn music and harmony theory the more I understand that I don't know anything yet . As for jazz I was listening for a fly me to the moon performance on the piano : the song is in Am and ...
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I don't like my voice

I’m a 51 year old pro bass player – I play mainly blues and jazz – well that is where my passion is at. I got sick and tired of hiring guitar players that can sing and play really well but were ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner

I'm want to transcribe some jazz piano, but I can't find any easy pianists to transcribe. For saxophone, people like Stan Getz and Lester Young play quite slowly most of the time, so I can transcribe ...
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What does “Open Vamp” mean?

Playing the trumbone in BRAZIL from S.K.Russel and Ary Barroso a few weeks ago i fell over the sign "Open Vamp" in the trombone 2 part (in bar 10). Please help: what does this mean and how to play ...
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Groovy piano/rhodes tunes

I am a beginner/intermidiate jazz player and recentry I have discovered a fabulous groovy world of funk. I was greatly inspired by compositions like those: ...
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Getting back into music after a long hiatus

A little background: In high school, I was first chair tenor saxophone all four years in the school's top wind symphony section, and even played in the honors district band. I did jazz band both in ...
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How do you count off a 3/4 waltz?

Usually when one verbally counts off a 4/4 piece it goes (% is a rest) 1 % 2 % 1 2 3 4 Or for quicker tempos 1 % % % 2 % % % 1 % 2 % 1 2 3 4 Does anyone know the standard way to count of a ...
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Approaches to free improvisation

While most free jazz is surprisingly structured (nothing wrong with that), there is a form of improvisation that is approaching total freedom. I'm thinking of artists like Peter Brötzmann, Paal ...
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What is tritone substitution?

What is tritone substitution? How can this device be applied to improvisation and composition?
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Do all jazz musicians [in a band] need to know a song's melody?

[As a bassist] when I learn a new jazz song, I try to learn the melody as well as the harmony. That way [I believe] I can improvise better and sound that I improvise on the song and not just on the ...
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passing chord preceding 4th in minor scale?

I will demonstrate the topic in Am Scale but it could be in another scale. in a lot of songs,music there is a chord progression that includes these to chords in this order : Am ---> Dm and ...
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How to practise jazz drumming with only a snare

I have my dad's old snare drum, a practice pad, a pair of sticks, and Buddy Rich's book of rudiments. I'd like to get better at jazz drumming, because I occasionally have to for a band I'm in. ...
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Diminished chord with one raised note

I have no formal training in music theory, so my question might be phrased a bit clumsily. There is a kind of jazzy chord progression I enjoy very much, the one which, from the top of my head, I ...
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Learning to play what you're thinking on the guitar

I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes ...
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Where can I find a complete list of Freddie Green chords?

Freddie Green, the guitar player in the Count Basie Orchestra, had amazing chordal technique. I use his chords all the time but I think I'm missing some of the voicings. Where can I find a complete ...