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

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What is the underlying theory behind bebop enclosures?

I see a LOT of pages and books showing which enclosures work for certain chords and target notes, but I haven't seen many explain why a given enclosure works over some other arbitrary set of approach ...
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Are rootless jazz chords truly rootless?

Comments about roots never being omitted in another question How to distinguish between a minor triad and a maj7 chord with same notes but without the root prompted this one. This question Why ...
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New to Lilypond, I want a guitar chord box above each bar of the staff , does anyone have a template?

I am new to Lilypond, I want to print blank guitar chord box(es) above each of the 32 bars of the blank staff , does anyone have a template?
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How to think of chord extensions when soloing over chords?

Guitar player here. I have been learning about chord extensions and how they can be used to color to a basic progression or when playing a solo. However as I was doing research on this it seems that ...
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How do I play a jazz standard in a fusion style?

I was playing with some friends the other day and since we all listen to jazz fusion (like Herbie Hancock and Snarky Puppy) we were trying to play jazz standards in that style. However, none of us ...
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IVm6 or IVm7? (in major)

(Note: using the key of C major as generic instead of roman numerals.) Yesterday I was reading the book "Hearin' the Changes" (by Coker, Knapp and Vincent), which discusses Fm7-B♭7-C as an ...
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Jazz piano: fingering — special cases and hacks

I have a couple of questions related to corner cases in fingering: How do you play Gmaj9 in RH when it is inversion F♯, A, B, D? Thumb on the (black) F♯ and the rest line up? Another ...
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Jazz piano: chords and melody in right hand. How?

Aiming for being capable of playing solo and in ensemble, a jazz pianist is exposed to the following: Bass player is playing the root tones, hence the pianist can play rootless When playing alone or ...
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Are my hands too small for chord embellishments?

I’ve been playing guitar for about a year and I’m learning to play RnB style chord embellishments and right now they seem absolutely impossible. Playing an Emin7 and hammering on the 10th fret seems ...
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Jazz piano: problem remembering harmony, melody is fine

In my quest to become a general jazz pianist I practice jazz standards. Having several years experience with violin, a melody instrument, I have no trouble learning and remembering melodies but the ...
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Jazz improvisation: what's going through your mind

I have been trying to improvise on bebop standards (on guitar) for almost 20 years now, and it still feels completely out of reach. Why is it so hard for me? Well, a typical standard has about 24 ...
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I Got Rhythm changes

Why are the changes in the tune “I Got Rhythm “ considered so important in learning Jazz standards?
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Question about Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond Take Five

I’m trying to decode "Take Five" and so far I have (for my version) it in the key of F with one flat (B-Flat) and the initial phrase (A Section) is based on a D minor which is the natural minor 6th of ...
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Diminished scale fingering on piano

What do you think about fingering of diminished scale on piano RH, C Db Eb... 1231 2134? In one forum I read that standard is 123 13 123. But didn't see "my" fingering anywhere. What do you think ...
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Isn't more comfortable to play Cmaj7 chord's root position 1245 instead of 1235 fingers on piano?

As I saw in Youtube and in various websites that Cmaj7 root fingering should be 1235, but for me it would look like more logical to play 1245. Because when I play on RH 1235, my wrist goes to left. ...
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Writing down chord names and understanding their function in an example

I've been trying to learn more about music theory by transcribing songs. I am not bad at writing down the notes, but have a lot of trouble understanding the chords/harmony. Below is a sketch of one ...
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How to apply Barry Harris 6th diminished voicings and maintain chord functions?

The Barry Harris diminished 6th voicings are popular voicings in Jazz, often related to Bill Evans when using drop 2 's. In essence, these are harmonizations of the bebop scale using the I and V7b9 (...
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How to get that off-kilter feeling from sungazer?

Sungazers music has this beautiful off-kilter feeling to it and I hope to replicate it in my own music. How is this achieved? examples: ...
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Jazz comping rhythms for piano

I am a piano player but am new to jazz; I am classically trained. I have recently began playing jazz however and was curious as to what rhythms to use for comping. I know the rhythms are on off beats ...
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How does reharm work in jazz

Ive heard a lot about reharminzation however i am kinda confused now because it appears as though you can basically reharmonize any note with a chord as long as the chord fits that note. Which i ...
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Improvising in two pulses/tempos at once

In this documentary, Brad Mehldau states this about his trio with Jorge Rossy and Larry Grenadier: It’s pretty specific what I’m doing, I think, especially with the trio. We have the regular pulse ...
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Who Were Art Tatum's Influences?

Art Tatum is one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz piano. He propelled the music forward perhaps more than any other jazz pianist. Specifically, Art was known for his ...
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Advice for a budding musician trying to understand composition and music theory

So I have been producing music for around 2 years now, and am an avid listener to many genres of music. I have never been taught music or music theory, but used youtube to get a fundamental albeit ...
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What are the quintessential characteristics of bebop?

What are the characteristics that make bebop, bebop? A well-written answer in my perspective includes but is not limited to the following (credit to @jdjazz for writing (a) through (e)) (a) the ...
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Character Tones in Modal Jazz

I'm learning modal jazz harmony for the first time, and I am confused why the character tone of D Dorian is B and not F. I can see the difference between Dorian and Aeolian is in the 6th degree. But ...
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Why does this progression sound so good?

What is the first chord that makes the CMaj9 sound so good? And what is that progression called?
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Which jazz standards are best for beginners?

I would like to learn some jazz standards, but is there any recommended list to follow from easy to difficult? Because I am not very fast on the guitar, I want to know which of them are best for ...
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Is this an example of a coda in jazz? Can you find more examples?

I was listening to a particular jazz song the other day, "First Song", composed by Charlie Haden, recorded by him together with Enrico Pieranunzi and Billy Higgins in 1990. I realized something ...
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Jazz Theory Prerequisites

What topics should I master on music theory before I move on to jazz guitar? Is it necessary to learn blues guitar? I have basic knowledge of music theory, like major and minor chords.
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Is there a theoretical explanation for a change of a major7 to minor7 of the same root in jazz?

In jazz there are many chord substitutions with various names like tritone, but there's a particular chord movement which I have seen in many jazz standards where major7 is immediately followed by a ...
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What did bebop masters practice?

Players such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, etc., invented the jazz genre of bebop. Today, I am told to be good at playing bebop you must listen to the best jazz players and ...
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Help with non-diatonic chords in All the Things You Are

The harmony for All the Things You Are seems mostly straightforward, but I'm stuck on a few bars struggling to see where the following non diatonic chords come from. The chords are: C+7 in bar 24, D♭...
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Avoid Notes in scales [closed]

In my understanding, an 'avoid note' in the context of a scale is practically a particular note we should not play , for example during an improvisation, because of the clash (minor 9th interval) it ...
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Jazz piano: Keeping base tone for soloing but not for ensemble

As a pianist I want to excel at playing solo as well as in a jazz ensemble. When playing solo one has to play the base tone oneself, while in an ensemble the bass player covers that. How does one ...
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Transcribing Jazz Piano Chord Voicings

I have just started to play jazz piano after many years of classical piano and one of the big things I have to do as a jazz musician is to transcribe (by ear) famous jazz recordings. When I am ...
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Band rehearsal over the internet

I am playing in a jazz band. We usually have band rehearsals every week. Due to coronavirus regulations, we are not allowed to meet for rehearsals for at least 6 weeks. We would like to switch to ...
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Chord Scale Voice leading question for guitarists

I've recently been practicing voice leading chord scales, trying to keep the bass note within a range of 2-3 frets, playing through all the diatonic 7th chords in a scale. So ill start off in say, ...
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Search for Nice Jazzy Changes for German Church Song

Lets assume we have this german church song: Which chords could be changed that it sounds more jazzy. Please also let me know the systematic behind your suggestions. Here is also the muse score file ...
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Jazz enclosures for minor iim7b5 V7alt im6

The tutorials I have seen for jazz enclosures all reference diatonic tones. Mostly in reference to a diatonic scale. https://youllhearit.com/enclosures-the-lightbulb-for-beginners/ https://www....
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Looking for “big & brassy” band finales [closed]

I apologize for the crude example, but the last part of "Kyle's Mom's a Bitch" (timestamp: 1:17) is a direct reference to the trope I'm talking about. I've heard finales like these in countless ...
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13 Chord Voicing Without Root, 3rd or 5th

I've been improvising over Hoagy Carmichael's Heart and Soul and I came across a chord voicing that seemed a little strange to me. As shown below, the C13 is voiced F-Bb-D-A, using the 7th, 9th, 11th ...
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What's the difference in sound between the shell voicing of a minor 7th chord vs a half diminished 7th chord?

I am learning about shell voicings for 7th chords. I understand that you you remove the 5th because it makes no difference in the quality of the chord. That leaves me with Cmin7 being C Eb Bb C half ...
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Economizing finger movement in exercise vs following the book

In Al Di Meola and Bob Aslanian's books "Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios" there's an exercise to strum a chord four times and move from one form to another, fluidly. Below is ...
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What are voicings in jazz and how are they different from chord inversions?

I've began studying jazz and I came across to something called "voicings","drop 2 voicings", etc. To me, voicings seem like chord inversions but from what I've found online it seems to be something ...
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Is there a way for a beginner in jazz to learn how to play tritone substitutions? [closed]

Is there a way for a beginner in jazz to learn how to play tritone substitutions? Or is this something that you should only try after you have played jazz for some time.
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Does C° also indicate a major seventh chord?

I had always thought that this notation indicated a major seventh chord: [C°]. At least it seemed to make sense that way in some of the chord sheets I have used in the past. I am now finding that it ...
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You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To chord function question

I have been playing through You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To. I have a pretty good grasp of the song and the chord functions up to the final section. I am interested to know the function and ...
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Jazz Strings for

I recently purchased a 198o's Ibanez Artstar AC100 but the strings on it are for slide, not jazz. I'd like to put flatwounds, but there is a huge range of them, and I have no experience with them. ...
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Tritone substitution in minor, just change the root or change the chord quality too?

Recently I've been practicing rootless ii V i in minor jazz from Jerry Coker's Jazz Keyboard. Here is the rootless chord chart... Unless I missed something in the booklet, Coker doesn't ...
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Jazz, and the adjectives “nasty/disgusting” in context of a good performance

I want to preface this by saying that this is a really dumb question, but here goes. When describing some praised jazz performance, an adjective that sometimes pops up is "nasty or disgusting" (or ...

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