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

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Did Sidney Bechet “study” with Lorenzo Tio Jr.? [migrated]

Did Sidney Bechet "study" with Lorenzo Tio Jr.? To my knowledge, they associated with each other, but I don't know about studied with in the way that Dodds or Bigard did. The wikipedia article ...
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Is the melodic minor scale use as the basis of chord progressions in modern jazz?

I know about the use of the modes of melodic minor to get colorful scales... MELODIC MINOR MODES Mode 2 Dorian ↓2 Mode 3 Lydian ↑5 Mode 4 Lydian Dominant (↓7) Mode 5 Mixolydian ↓6 Mode 6 Locrian ↑2 ...
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Practicing Jazz?

I have been playing the saxophone for about 4 years, but primarily in the style of classical music. I've always been interested in jazz saxophone, and want to learn how to actually play it. How should ...
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What is the rhythm of this Herbie Hancock song, and why is it so weird?

I've always listened to a lot of jazz and heard some weird rhythms, but only this year did my high school offer music theory - and right now, we're learning about rhythm. All we've done so far is ...
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How does the chord change from VII7 to I work in the Jobin's Meditation?

I have been learning the tune Meditation by AC Jobin. In the arrangement I have been given the first five bars of the progression go C69 C69 B11 B13 Cmaj7. I like to understand how the chords are ...
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The function of the opening chords of Love is Here to Stay by Gershwin

I was interested to know the function of the opening chords of the standard "(Our) Love is Here to Stay". It opens with a G7, Gm, C7, F. I was intrigued by the surprise of the G7 to Gm. Is this a ...
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Can someone explain the melody that Michael League uses in this bass lick?

I'm trying to understand the theory behind the 'jazzy feel' bass lick used by Michael League on the song Continuum, specifically at the 6:24 of this video: By ear I ...
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How can I make the individual saxophones stand out?

I am composing a Jazz Quintet. Never learned jazz theory but I know uneven rhythms are key to jazz. And saxophones are most commonly used in jazz. So I decided to compose a piece for 5 saxophones. ...
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Can the blues scale be used over iim7 V7 Imaj7?

In typical blues using V7 IV7 I7 the blues scale can be used - and as I understand - without concern for avoid tones. Can I do something similar over jazz iim7 V7 Imaj7? I made this chart of chord ...
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What is this articulation mark that looks like a short upside-down slur?

From Jamey Aebersold's "Cantaloupe Island," Maiden Voyage, vol. 54.
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What is the musical form of Kamasi Washington's “Truth”? [closed]

I'm pretty new to music theory, so I have been analyzing songs I enjoy for practice. I thought I was getting decent at it, but the length and complexity of this song has been giving me some trouble. ...
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Spud Murphy tune calls for “Red Mute” on trumpet and trombone parts

In my 25 years of playing, I've never heard of a "red mute". Any ideas? My bandleader said it meant a cup, but later in the song, it had us use plungers while still muted (the notation was pretty ...
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Why is this note in C7+9?

I’m reading the jazz piano book and I can’t see how the upper c flat note has a place in the C7+9 chord. The ninth note on the C major scale is a d so +9 would be d# not c flat = b Or am I wrong?
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Realistic jazzy sound with VST

I've been quite impressed with the orchestral sound of Nina Simone's "I put a spell on you". The part which interested me can be heard at first 17 seconds. So is it possible to simulate such warm and ...
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Jazz transcripts or recordings that clearly show scale-based improvisation for piano

I just starting to practice piano jazz fundamentals. I've been playing scales (root to seventh, or root to ninth) over ii-V-I (Evans forms) in all keys. That practice is coming along just fine, but ...
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Piano practice routine [closed]

I wonder what practice routine would be the best, if I want to be a good pianist. One that plays in a band for example. How much time each day is expected? Which books should be played?! Or what is ...
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Modes of scales other than C major

I was learning modes. But I'm confused now. My problem is that I don't know how to apply the modes in other scale. For example I know in c major, mixolydian is form g to g and all keys are flat. But ...
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Harmonization a minor third in a major key

I have stumbled on a jazz song in key of major E which at one point has a minor third in the melody - tone G. It is at 0:15 in this YouTube video: . Time: ...
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Does anyone know if this is notated properly, or how to properly notate this rhythm?

I wrote this little melody/riff here: And while it sounds correct, I'm not sure if it's notated properly, with the correct time signatures and all. Could both the first 3/4 bars and the 2/4 bar be ...
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Audiation: dealing with key changes when you hear in terms of solfege

So, I'm a musician who believes very much in the value of audiation: that is, not only hearing pitches in my head, but also hearing them in terms of both the current harmony and the current tonal ...
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Identifying jazz elements [closed]

Years ago, a friend had me listen to some jazz music (I don't really know what song.). I find it relaxing, boring, horrible and ultimately lacking the power I seek in music. Now I came across a ...
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Is there really a 6/8 meter with jazz swing?

I recently started practicing jazz scales and rootless chords. I'm using very simple patterns: hit the chord, play up or down the scale with a swing rhythm. To give some musical context I'm playing in ...
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How does 6/8 meter in jazz compare to eight-note swing in duple meter?

The usual example of eighth-note swing in jazz... ...skipping rhythm in 6/8... ...is there any difference in how these are executed rhythmically? ...is the eight-note in swing a little bit ...
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Conditions of mixage/remix of an old music track

I am an amateur musician and I would like to do some mixage (partial exploitation, such as a melody) or remix of some Jazz oldies and publish them in YouTube. I don't earn money from this (no video ...
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Jazz improvisation on descending chord progression

The challenge on this topic is Jazz improvisation scales and ideas on the following chord progression: C#maj7 - Cmaj7 - Bmaj7 - Bbmaj7 So 4 chords are descending chromatically within 2 measures and ...
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What is the thought process behind constructing shell voicing inversions on piano?

I've been practicing 4 - 5 note shell voicings for a while and I feel pretty confident going through some changes. The thought process when constructing chords is mostly the same with R-7-3 or R-3-7 ...
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How to master lengthy Tatum-style runs when I hit a wall?

I've been trying to master a certain pattern for my improv that I like to call the Tatum-style descending pentatonic scale. Jazz greats like Tatum would often break into this extremely rapid ...
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Practicing including riffs into improv?

I can learn riffs pretty easily, but I have a hard time remembering to work them into my improv. Do you have any good techniques/tips?
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Is using a flat 6 in dorian to avoid an augmented fourth OK in jazz?

Here is a basic line of broken fourths I was playing over Dm7. ...at beat 4 I use B flat so that a fourth is formed from the preceding F. As line continues in the next bar I go back to the B natural ...
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Non standard guitar strings for old guitar

I have a old jazz guitar Framus 5/50 or 5/51(I really do not know the difference) I bought standard D'Addario strings but they are too short. All parts on guitar are at the right place and they are ...
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In jazz is an accented passing tone an “acceptable” way to play an avoid tone?

My example is simple: over a dm7 chord, play up the dorian mode full octave in eighth notes starting with a pick up note. When I get to B natural it will be on the beat, but moves between A and C as a ...
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When using “Evans” jazz voicings what voicings should I use for half-diminished ii chord in minor and tritone substitution chords?

Below is a chart I made of the standard Evans And B forms (which I have only seen in method books using major key harmony) and my own possibilities for voicings for half-diminished and tritone ...
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Is there a standard set of diatonic ninth chords in jazz?

In the key of C major, making a circle of fifths, I get these chord symbols... CΔ9 - FΔ9 - Bm7♭5 - Em7♭9 - Am9 - Dm9 - G9 - CΔ9 I left the vii chord as just a half-diminished seventh. I especially ...
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Do we hear bass/baritone solo melody lines as being implicitly “on top of” the accompaniment, for harmonic purposes

I admit that the title of the question sounds a little strange, but I wanted to posit a more general question based on a specific song I was looked at. I was looking at this arrangement of Chega de ...
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Is there a specific name for the use of IV chord over the V in the bass, e.g. F/G in the key of C

You see this chord a fair amount, usually leading to the tonic as a sort of souped-up plagal cadence (plagal in the treble, perfect in the bass). Is there a specific name for this, other than "4 over ...
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Fender Squire X155 Jazz Guitar [closed]

Any one have opion about this Unusual Fender Squire x155 hollowbody humbuker Jazz arch top.What would be the strings for this arch top. Any one here have one or have had one.Do They Hold sustain well?...
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How to play jazz as dance music? [closed]

I have benen playing swedish dance music (mostly on the piano accordion). The structure of the melodies seem very important for a certain feeling.  I sometimes get the impression that dances are more ...
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Chord-scale vs chord/scale [closed]

Certain introductions to jazz teach that one should think harmonically in terms of "chord-scales" - for instance, that "E-mixed-third-7b913" and "E octatonic starting on a half step" are equivalent in ...
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Modes on the guitar

Pretty new to jazz and I just had a question about soloing So for example we have a progression Dm7| Bm7| so I understand we can play D Dorian then B Dorian with each of the chords. My question is ...
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Problems With Learning a Second Instrument

I’m trying learn jazz piano. For about ten years I played the violin; solo and in orchestras and quartets. I’ve also absolutely no trouble enjoying for instance Keith Jarrett’s more complex solo ...
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What are the secrets of jamming that jazz musicians use? [closed]

There are many ways of playing "Autumn Leaves". How do jazz musicians know what version to play (there are many versions of the chord progressions for this song)? What are their secrets to a ...
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Piano Fingering for Jazz

Nice party you got here at Stack Exchange. Let me join. My goal is to become a jazz pianist/improviser. I’m currently learning through Blake Neely’s How to Play from a Fake Book and I’m stuck at ...
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New to guitar and want to learn jazz

I am fairly new to guitar, wouldnt say I have much knowledge that helps too much but I really like the sound of jazz and think thats where I want to go. I have looked online for beginners guides to ...
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Comping on a static chord

Currently I'm playing in a quartet and one of the pieces we are doing is Sister Sadie. At several times my music leaves me with a G7 for several bars with the instruction to comp - but I find it ...
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Roman Numeral Analysis of Tension-Heavy Jazz

So far, I have tried doing Roman numeral analysis mainly on Classical- and Romantic- era music. However, I just took a look at some Miles Davis, and didn't know what to do - there were so many chords ...
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Recognizing intervals without interval songs?

I would love to know all my intervals by ear but where ever I search for help it says to learn interval songs e.g. Jaws theme for minor 2nd. I find this to be pretty ineffective honestly. I don't hear ...
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How do I add a solo section (chord progression) to Real Book lead sheet?

Is there an easy way (for beginners) to add a solo section to a piece of music, like a lead sheet from the Real Book? I am thinking in terms of a chord progression. Would I repeat a progression from ...
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Need suggestions for songs which use the Dorian mode [closed]

I'm a guitarist, and am looking for jazz fusion tracks with Dorian based solos (not necessarily on the guitar). I have came across So What by MD, and a few other pop ones. I'm exclusively looking for ...
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Does this look bad? Is is incorrect?

There are parts in this tune where I think it looks nice to use two voicing (to avoid excessive ties) and other parts where it looks good to keep it simple. Question: does it look bad to alternate ...
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diminished chord in degree

I would like to write dowb a jazz grid in "Degree notation" in order to make it "tonality free", but i'm stucked with a problem. The song is billie's bounce and i don't know how to write the ...