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I would start with taking the free Berklee Music course Gary Burton teaches on www.coursera.org - Introduction to Jazz Improvisation. Next session starts in 6 days. I also just realized this is a really old question, so hopefully the OP is still around and has progressed in his jazz playing skills :)


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A classical education ultimately prepares you for sight-reading and reproduction. But in the process, there is of course a lot of execution skills as well as getting exposed to a lot of different thoughts and media. There is no way to get exposed to music better than playing it. Should someone wanting to be a poet recite other people's poetry? How else ...


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From the melodic perspective: Make sure you are playing the right harmonizations, jazz harmonies need to use the tensions and sometimes the altered notes on the dominant chords; and the #11 on the major chords; and also jazz musicians tend to harmonize certain passages in certain ways with passing chords and such. From a harmony perspective these ...


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I have a few thoughts for you. First off, r lo is entirely right about his answer; you need to listen to the genre enough for it to become internalized. Playing scales over chord changes will only get you so far and will usually leave your sound less than authentic. Listen to the masters. To take it one step further, transcribing Jazz standards will help ...


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I suggest immersing yourself in fundamental blues as a building block to improve your jazz solos. Messing with the minor/major movement of the third, finding the right place for what some call the "blue note" - the flat five - diddling with the flat seventh, these may seem like child's play compared to what you aspire to accomplish, but if you have these ...


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I have the same type of problem going from Rock to Country. I learned the scales and licks for country but can't improvise like a country player. Why is that? Because music is a language and in order to learn how to improvise you need to know how to speak it. You can learn all the scales and theory but not know how to improvise. So you have to listen to a ...


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It is a bII maj13(#11) (i.e. Gbmaj13(#11)) chord, which is borrowed from phrygian, and which resolves to I (i.e. F). Note that this is no tritone substitution, otherwise it should be Gb7 (9,#11,13), with a minor seventh in it. This chord has a major seventh. The way it is played here it has no fifth, but a 9th and a 13th, and a #11, I believe. The voicing I ...


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Okay after digging and exploring the piano I found the answer: the mystery chord that the player used here before getting back to the tonic (F) -looking at the piece as a major scale piece- was F#min7 this routine is called (as I doubted) three tone substitution done by altering the 5 chord with a chord higher three tons from it. in our example we altered ...


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What should I be able to do before I start learning anything blues or jazz related? You should be able to play the chords smoothly through the traditional I-IV-V blues progression in E,A,D,and G with a drum track. Then turn on your iPod and start playing along with simple blues music - Muddy Waters is a great blues artist to start with. His music is ...


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While teachers and self-study are excellent ways to learn anything, when it comes to learning the blues, I believe you can profit greatly by finding someone who is just a little bit better than you, and just sit down and play together. While the form has evolved over time to embrace real sophistication, it started as a type of folk music. Playing three ...


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Listen a lot of jazz/blues songs you like. This will get the sound in your ears. Not Just guitar or piano, but more instruments (miles Davis, trumpet-charlie parker, sax- wes montgomery,guitar etc.) Also get your theory right. A simple twelve bar blues Also has theory behind the three chords. Understanding This can be your first steps into a jazz blues. It ...


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Sticking my neck out! Sounds like tts to me - it's in Dm/F at this point, so the chord could be Db7. It doesn't modulate to its original (written) key till way after that.


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This is not meant to be harsh in any way, I'm just examining possibilities… We start from not knowing what you actually do sound like. Presumably, as you can play an instrument, you can also hit roughly the right note when singing [though it's not a guarantee, it's a fair bet]. Trouble is, without hearing you, no-one can say whether it's because you just ...



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