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My main instrument is the trumpet, I have classical training but switched to jazz 10 years ago. I play in a big band, and a funk-pop band.

I can play some piano, and find my way around on a guitar. I have also composed some choir music and played with sequencers.

I like typography (including music notation), and music theory.


Oct
6
comment Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?
11th is called 11th, no need to call it dominant7 add4. Sus stands for suspended rather than substituted (gives that feeling of being suspended before landing on the third). I reacted as you did when I first heard of it, but my source is trustworthy. Mark Levine in his well-known "The jazz piano book": "A persistent myth about sus chords is that the fourth takes the place of the third. Jazz pianists, however, often voice the third with a sus chord, as you can see in the examples in figure 4-5. Note that in each example the third is voiced above the fourth."
Sep
4
comment Why is a note sometimes a 4th and sometimes an 11th?
I agree on your definition of a 6 chord (includes the 5th). I do not agree with an 11 chord being a 7 sus 4. A sus chord may include the third, but then usually at an octave or more above the 4th.
Aug
27
comment Leading a jam session
My experience of jam sessions "dixieland style" (everyone soloing at the same time) tells me that the culprit is that everybody wants to play in their corner, because they are afraid of being listened to. With that comment I just want to say that this may be the problem to address (although I am sure that other people have other experiences).
Aug
27
comment Why do trumpet valves shift down and not up?
I mean the military horn with no valves at all. Since the notes get closer and closer to one another the higher you play, you would end up having to press at least one of the valves all the time anyway. You can play the highest notes with more tube (for example a high Bb fingered 123), but it is less stable (easier to trip to a neighbour tone).
Aug
27
answered Why do trumpet valves shift down and not up?
Aug
17
comment What is a 13th chord?
(i.e. the soloist assumes mixolydian while the chord instrument assumes lydian dominant. Plus that if F13 is the dominant chord, the soloist is likely to play in Bb major, thus Bb. If the tonality is C minor (with major 6th and 7th), then B is better.)
Aug
17
comment What is a 13th chord?
I do agree that the natural 11 is more awkward than the #11. But the #11 changes the sonority of the 13 chord very much, so I'd say that the #11 is omitted in most cases (more often than played). Maybe not the case whe you play the chords, and it's just fine. As a soloist I often play the fourth of a dominant chord as a passing note. If the chord instrument plays a #11 that would sound kind of strange, wouldn't it?
Aug
15
comment How do I play these broken chords on a piano?
Ah, you mean the top note of the broken chord, not the melody note! Thanks.
Aug
14
comment How do I play these broken chords on a piano?
So you say that playing the start of the broken chord (its lowest tone) together with the melody note, followed by the arpeggiation, would be wrong?
Aug
14
comment What is a 13th chord?
@gurneyalex: I don't think this is a 100% truth. First, the 11th is often omitted anyway (the 11th either raised or not, changes the color so much...). Then, wikipedia (I know, wikipedia is not always right, but still) does not agree: "A thirteenth chord does not imply the quality of the ninth or eleventh scale degrees." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth The same article says also: "The underlying harmony during a thirteenth chord is usually Mixolydian or Lydian dominant", which differ only in their natural/raised fourth.
Aug
14
comment What is a 13th chord?
The #11 is also very often dropped in the 13 chord, I believe. A typical one-handed voicing for F13 on the piano is Eb-G-A-D (which assumes a bassist, but not necessarily).
Jul
29
answered How do I play these broken chords on a piano?
Jun
23
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
13
answered How to reproduce the sound of Dizzy's muted trumpet in early bebop jazz recordings?
Jun
11
comment Finding chords that sound like a single note
Wow, how could you guess that OP was looking for power chords? Impressive.
Jun
10
comment Scale modification in sus2 and sus4 chords
This is not my point. My point is that in a sus chord, the third is replaced by the fourth. In an aug chord, the fifth is modified (not replaced) but is still a kind of fifth.
May
29
comment Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?
I have yet to see any printed material with circles (or rather discs), I have only seen that in beginners' handwriting.
May
2
awarded  Taxonomist
May
2
comment Four dotted sixteenths in a triplet
Maybe it is the software tool that he is using that tries to be too smart? I guess the rhythm in another voice may have disturbed this one, say if another instrument does play a triplet.
May
2
comment Scale from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2
Why would you discard mixolydian b6? I think that is the correct answer.