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

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Arpeggio superimposing is just for Major ii-V-i and Harmonic minor?

I learned recently in a Jazz improvisation class that in a major ii-V-i (2-5-1) it's possible to superpose the arpeggios in the V using the relative harmonic minor field in the same root note as the ...
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What's the difference between a tonal center and a guide tone?

A "guide tone" search generates a slew of hits. A "tonal center" search generates a slew of hits. A "guide tone tonal center" search generates one hit. In that thread the term guide tone appears ...
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In jazz, what is an upper structure triad?

What is upper structure? How are upper structure triads constructed? How are they used?
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Do people who don't study modes improvise the same as those who do?

Reading/watching interviews with some noted jazz/rock musicians (e.g., Jimmy Bruno), when asked about modes they will disavow themselves of bothering to study modes because doing so is, to their way ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner [closed]

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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Walking bass for half-note chords?

Most courses for writing walking basses focus on 4 bass notes for one chord, where in general the pattern is (chord - maybe chord - chord - passing tone). However, there are also some pieces with half-...
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What is the difference between writing C#4 and C#11?

I see C#11 in a lot of jazz music, but sometimes I'll see C#4 in jazz, and commonly in other types of music. Is there any difference between the two, and if not, how do you decide which to write?
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How to get this modulation tone, from Jimmy Ponder?

The following clip is from HOUSTON PERSON's "PREACHIN' AND TEACHIN'" off of his 1977 album Wildflower. This track feature the late great Jimmy Ponder on guitar. I've cued this link up to the guitar ...
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How much of a solo by a great pianist is licks and how much is melodic innovation?

I see alot of websites and blogs that claim that the key to becoming a successful jazz musician is to load up on licks. Now while this may be useful to create mood in some contexts, it's not possible ...
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Swing feel - are triplets and 8th note notations rhythmically the same?

I'm going through some exercises in a blues piano book[*]. I've noticed that some rhythms are written with triplets (with an 8th note (quaver) rest in the middle), and others are written using 8th ...
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From beginner's perspective, should I polish an easy piece or move quicker to advanced ones?

I have started playing piano just recently. Although I have some understanding in music theory and played various instruments before (a bit), I am a total beginner in piano. My ultimate goal is to ...
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How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation?

I have heard that Ravi Shankar once said that ragas are not jazz. However, Ravi Shankar had a significant influence on some jazz performers. How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ ...
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What fingering to use for Ornithology on piano?

I'm trying to play ornithology on piano and was wondering what fingering would be best for the first line. Whatever I try seems uncomfortable... Thanks!
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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 there any free resource for learning Blues, Jazz? [duplicate]

I am not professional in music; but, I am interested in it. I am playing diatonic harmonica for some traditional songs. Now, I want to know about the Blues, Jazz; so, I have searched on Google for ...
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What is distinctive about the Hammond B3 organ?

Reading the credits of a jazz or blues album you might come across a musician who played using a Hammond organ (not just any organ, but a Hammond). I know that the Hammond has a long and storied ...
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Why rootless chords?

I understand the functionality of rootless chords in a band setting where there is a bass player, but rootless chords are supposedly used in solo piano as well (the Jazz Piano Book says this, and I ...
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How much theory and how much transcribing?

I am a classically trained pianist, and I consider myself to be decent at playing. However I'm a poor sight in jazz, which is something that I really like. This summer I plan to study jazz thoroughly, ...
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What should be the tone effect of lowering (neck) pickup?

Exactly what should be effect of lowering the neck pickup on a semihollow jazz guitar? (besides of it lowers the volume) I am using clean jazz tone with a very little reverb, and no other effect. I ...
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Is there any classical precursor to boogie woogie?

It is often been said (rather too simplistically in many cases) that jazz is a combination of European and African practices. I am interested particularly in classical piano techniques that have been ...
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Piano Conductor & Accordion Guide

I've been puzzled at why in some of our big band charts, the piano part is labelled "Piano (Conductor) & Accordion Guide". Our keyboardist tried, for a laugh, choosing an accordion patch on his ...
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What is the 'head' in this song?

I'm using this music sheet from the New Real book 1 to play Grover Washington Jr's Make Me A Memory, and I'm trying to understand the structure of the song, as it is written at the bottom right corner:...
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What does the +3 mean in G7+3?

It occurs in the piano part of Sleepy Lagoon (Harry James Orchestra). The context is as follows: C | | | | | Am | D9 | | G7+3 / G96 / | G7+3 / G96 / | G7 / Em F#m° | G7 I ...
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Best Way to “Learn” Jazz Piano

Let me preface the question with a bit of background because I'm not even sure if I classify as "beginner" or "intermediate" or anything like that. I took your run of the mill piano lessons for 8 ...
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What are the avoid notes for exotic scales in jazz music?

I know there are avoid notes for the diatonic scale and the melodic minor scale. I am not familiar with exotic scale avoid notes (if they really exist in jazz music), for example, there is the ...
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Russell Lydian chromatic (again)

One more question about Russell Lydian theory. Russell uses as an example the Lydian C scale: C-D-E-F#-G-A-B-C comparing it with C maj scale, then he starts to explain his theory as if they belong to ...
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bV substitution in ii V I

So I have been playing around with the good'ol ii V I standard and I have found, just by playing around, that instead of going to the V, it sounds odd, but you can substitute it for a bV. Key: D ...
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George Russell Lydian chromatic concept

I am reading the George Russell book about Lydian chromatic concept. If anyone has ever read it, maybe you can help me in understanding his use of the term "Lydian do" as well as "Ionian do". My ...
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Why saxophone is so common in Jazz Music?

Since the invertor of the saxophone was from Belgium, how did the saxophone become so popular in jazz music? I mean, it was created by a European in the 1840's, it wasn't created by Americans at the ...
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For a guitar player, does jazz music demand more technical skills than blues one? [closed]

Jazz guitar players are generally considered gifted by higher technical skills than others, maybe because of their aptitude to the improvisation and fast soloing. Often, they are also provided with a ...
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What are the Coltrane Changes?

Also known as Coltrane Matrix, Coltrane Cycle, chromatic third relations, and multi-tonic changes. What are the Coltrane Changes? What's the theory behind them? How are they used in improvisation, ...
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What to do when you get lost in a jazz song?

A problem a lot of beginners in jazz have is that they tend to get lost in the solos (theirs and their bandmates' solos, where they accompany the soloist). Trying to follow the chord progressions with ...
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Jazz Drumming - What is the drummer (Art Blakey) tapping on?

If you listen to Nica's Dream Art Blakey is tapping the cascara on something but I can't figure out what. The tapping is right at the start of the video linked above. It doesn't sound like the rim ...
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Why does a minor sixth chord contain a major 6th interval?

This is something that has always puzzled me. Perhaps I am going about this the wrong way but when I build chords I always build them based on the scale that corresponds to the quality of the chord. ...
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History of “jazz minor/melodic minor” harmony

I'm curious about the development of modern (post-bop-ish) jazz harmony. In Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book, he shows how modes of the melodic minor scale can be used to form and improvise over chords ...
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Location within form

I am learning jazz standards, and wonder if anyone could offer advice on maintaining awareness of location within the form of the song, especially while improvising. I have been trying to envision ...
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Jazz flute - correct way to fall-off?

For my A Level Music recital one of my pieces is Fly Me To The Moon, as sung by Frank Sinatra, for jazz flute. There is only one "fall-off" in the piece, on an Ab in the middle register. Regarding the ...
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Mark Levine the jazz theory versus the jazz piano book

I currently own the jazz theory book by mark levine. It's very informative and I'm sure it's gonna take me a few years to get the best out of it, but I wonder is it still worth getting the jazz piano ...
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How to turn any (pop) song into a jazz song?

Quite often there are pop songs wich get covered in a jazz style. These covers are seen from youtube to tv. Now I tried doing something like this, with for example Bad Day by Daniel Powter. It's ...
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Does a chord imply a change in the key signature?

I was looking at Cold Duck Time : Where the key signature is F major. On the second bar, the bass line says that the A is to be played natural. The key signature doesn't have Ab, but the chord (Bb7)...
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What's the name for the style of jazz piano with slow rhythmic chords in the left hand

I absolutely love the style of piano where the pianist is alternating low chord, high chord, low chord, high chord in a slow but decidedly rhythmic way. A prime example would be Bobby Floyd in his ...
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Is the usage of scales (modes) in jazz music common practice?

A friend of mine told me that the usage of scales or modes in jazz music is not common. Even I heard myself in a Miles Davis interview that jazz is a tradition. So here are two questions basically: Is ...
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what distinguishes jazz from classical and vice versa? [closed]

I guess what would put this question in context is if you had to compose a piece. What are the features you would include to make it jazz, and what would you include to make it classical? (Note: by ...
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Jazz playing chords in lead sheets

I am a somewhat beginner jazz piano looking to start reading lots of lead sheets to assimilate tunes. I know the general idea is to sight read the melody and play the chord voicing in left hand (...
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My left hand doesn't keep the tempo

Hi Guys Im new to piano and I love jazz so muchhhhh. I was learning the basic of basics of the song, The Girl From Ipanema. I bought the sheet from Antoine Hervé along with the tutorials and tips. ...
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How do I go about playing Jazz Standards?

When looking at Jazz Standards as sheet music, do you play them as is or are you supposed to improvise off of them (or just add some flavor)? I've been looking at these sheets for Autumn Leaves (...
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Neck pickup's sound is still a bit bridge-y. Trying to get jazz guitar sound

I am trying to get my jazz guitar sound. Yes I know it should be in my finger, so I am working on it. I am also aware about my pick, my stings, my instrument, the amp, its settings etc. So this ...
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What is the scale played on this chord progression?

I'm trying to figure out one jazz improvisation on this chord progression (Sunny - Bobby Hebb) Am7 Gm7 C9 Fmaj7 Bm7b5 E7b9 So as the chords go Am7, Gm7 - C9 the improvisation starts in Am ...
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Is this an error in Guaraldi's Christmas Time is Here?

In the following fragment of Christmas Time is Here in Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is in the key of F, there's a chord that is notated D♭9 but is written with a natural A giving it a ...
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Bass Trombone Sound

I have been playing bass trombone for about a year, and my problem is not positions or intonation, or air, but how to get a good big band (jazz band) bass trombone sound? I mean I listen to jazz bass ...