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

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Free jazz by notes

Are there legendary free jazz (band) recordings that have been replayed note-by-note by another band – either by notating and playing the piece by sight-reading (possibly after some rehearsals) ...
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What is the name of this jazz music track? [closed]

what is the name and genre of the background track?
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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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What other scales can be played over ii chord in ii-V-I besides Dorian?

Soloing over ii-V-I is usually associated with modes. Dorian-Myxolydian-Ionian. I'm trying to expand my soloing by playing "outside", so I wanted to find out what other scales can be played over ...
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Why does the modal system approach to jazz sometimes fail?

When I first dived into studying jazz guitar, I learnt that the modal system and harmonized scale were the ultimate key to jazz improvisation and mastery. This method worked for me in most cases but ...
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Function of Minor sixth chords

What are the precise harmonic functions of the Minor sixth chord? I remember that I read somewhere that they play often the role of the I degree in a chord progression (like the often used 6/9 chord) ...
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How to practice pentatonics for jazz improvisation

I am having difficulty trying to get any kind of benefit from practicing major and minor pentatonic scales to use for improvisation. The problem is that the 1,2,3,5,6 shape in the hand is not ...
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What do these chord annotations mean?

What do the chords in parentheses mean, and how could you play Bm7 and B♭M7 at the same time?
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How would these chords from “Christmas Time Is Here” be analyzed?

I'm wondering how to go about analyzing some of the chords from this piece. I have a lot of tonal harmony knowledge, but am a little limited in my knowledge of jazz theory. However, I'd love to hear ...
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What's the best way for guitar and piano to play together in a jazz quartet?

Guitar and piano are both used for chordal accompaniment in a jazz band. So I wanted to find out what's the "best" approach to have this two instruments playing together in a jazz ensemble (quartet) ...
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Jazz Chords: How can a Bbmaj9 be explained in the key of A major?

I'm looking at the sheet music for the song Sometimes in Winter: https://www.noteflight.com/marketplace/4V9yWpCsl2ktvMaaOd0Tgh/sometimes-in-winter It appears this tune is in A Major. In the 3rd bar, ...
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Is there a standard way of singing over ii-V-I in jazz?

I am new to music theory especially jazz and blues. I have since learned about writing lyrics or singing over a traditional 12 bar blues progression using AAB form, thus repeating the first line (A) ...
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What does “Med.” as a style mean in jazz fake books?

I imagine it stands for "medium", but is it a tempo indication or does it mean something else/more? For example, how does (Med. Bossa Nova) differ from (Bossa Nova)? Some pieces also only have (Med.). ...
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Does Key changes of different intervals have different effects?

Condisering Key Changes : Does Key changes of different intervals produce different effects on the Audience similar to intervals? Does Key changes have different quality to them and if so what are ...
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Shell voices - what does it mean?

I’ve tried to answer a question about voicings in Jazz. I was not sure if it was concerning a 4 part or unlimited part voicing. Now I’ve seen that I’ve overlooked in the title of the question the ...
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Why can some 5ths be replaced with 6ths in an extended chord, but not all?

I want to get more comfortable playing a wider variety of chords voicings, so recently I've been playing around with lots of different chord progressions in my warmups. A pianist I like put out a ...
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Attempt to make Jazz chord progression on 7-Limit tuning

This is a sequel to this question. Refer to it for the just ratio of the tones. Being septimal, I thought it could be used for Jazz. The chord progression I made is (Based on C): CM7 - F♯ø7 - FM7 - ...
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Jazz standards books after Real Book Vol 1

The only jazz standards book I own is the cliched Real Book 6th Edition Vol 1. I'm going to fix that soon by getting another book or three, but I'm not sure whether there are other comprehensive jazz ...
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books/articles/dissertations/etc about odd time meters history/theory? [closed]

I'm working on my graduate thesis in jazz drumming. I chose odd time signatures as the main feature of my work, so i'm looking for some sources from which i can pick up some concepts and draw some ...
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what tricks are there to learn chord extensions without having to think in numbers?

I am sure that when playing jazz chords which have extentions there are ways to cut down on thinking time in "live" situations. Having to play #11 on a chord and thinking ...where is root, count up 4 ...
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How to get fluent at comping voicings in real time?

I would like to know if there is a reasonable and useful practise strategy to learn how to accompany on the piano with just lead sheets with chord symbols? The ability to comp chords "live" along ...
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ii-V-I versus I-IV-V

The I-IV-V progression is used in a lot of blues, rock, folk, country and pop music, while jazz music tends to favor the ii-V-I. I am aware that the ii and IV chords are both subdominant and they ...
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What scales/modes are used in Just the way you are by Billy Joel? [closed]

I'm a hobbyist and I only know intermediate music theory. I am currently finding my way around with jazz. Could someone please tell me what scales or modes are/can be used in the Just the way you are?...
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Jazz piano: improving voicings

I run into these two problems related to chords: My accompany with my left hand conflicts/try to occupy the same tones as my right hand, melody. My voicings are boring and dull. Very standardised and ...
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How does a minor major seventh chord have tonic function when it's so unstable?

In a minor key, the chord built on the tonic can be a minor sixth or a minor major seventh chord, both of which are supposed to have tonic function. To my ear, the minor sixth chord can feel like "...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

Context: In my city, the government is going to open a music school for free. In two weeks they going to make auditions for the jazz class for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I play the ...
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Is Mikrokosmos technical enough?

I'm an aspiring Jazz piano beginner but decided to quit using Czerny and Hanon for obvious reasons-hanon especially, because it might ruin my touch, and particularly because nearly everyone in my ...
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Has Bela Bartok influenced Jazz tremendously?

Bela Bartok rediscovered Modal scales from eastern Europe. Lydian, Phrygian, etc... What I was wondering was.... was it the first time that these scales were rediscovered and went into mainstream ...
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Is it acceptable to use a Maj7♯5sus4 chord? Avoid note/interval clarification

I have been looking through possible triads over bass notes and found an odd one.. F minor triad over B bass note. I rearranged the notes to give me a particular 7th chord 1 4 ♯5 7. Basically a ...
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Meaning of slash chord without anything left of the slash

In chord charts what does it mean when it says /c#. I know what slash chords are, but what if it doesn't show the first part. An example of what I'm talking about is here.
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Meaning of one chord on top of another

What does it mean when there are two chords one on top of the other in a chord chart. An example of what I'm talking about is here.
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Where is F7 in Elevation of Love by E.S.T. coming from?

I was looking at their official songbook. The key of the song is C minor. The progression goes Ab∆ (VI) C-7(I) Fsus4 (IV major???) F7 (IV dominant??) Ab∆. The F in C minor is F-7, and F7 is neither ...
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How do I teach myself guitar (as a high level pianist)?

I'm pre-noting this with my background as I understand it is easy to see why this could be a repeat question and I do not want to do this. I have an extensive background in music theory, I've taught ...
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Keeping track of theme when improvising

Improvisations in jazz is done over the song itself, typically. However, I don’t hear the theme in plenty of recordings, the harmonies and solo are so far away that I can’t see the connection to the ...
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What are “Benson Chords”?

George Benson was a jazz guitarist well before he became known as mainly an R&B vocalist and guitarist. His guitar playing style incorporates distinctive chords sometimes called "Benson Chords" ...
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How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept?

How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept? Are they completely unrelated or are melodic minor scales and diminished chords related in some way? Related: What is Pat ...
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How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan? [closed]

Steve Khan had a theory of triad superimposition and substitution he called Contemporary Chord Khancepts. How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan?
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What is Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept? [closed]

Is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept anything more than simply altering melodic minor scales?
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What is Pat Martino's Diminished Concept? [closed]

Is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Diminished Concept for chord construction anything more than simply altering diminished chords?
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Jazz: Getting a feel for chords/harmonies

I have played the violin for several years so I have fundamental knowledge in some areas, however chords are currently opaque. For instance, I can play the melody line for any jazz standard by ear ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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Giant Steps - Coltrane and Slonimsky

I've read several times that John Coltrane practiced extensively from the Slonimsky Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns and that Coltrane's Giant Steps is strongly influenced by or is even a ...
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Question concerning the integration of jazz solos into the rest of the ensemble

I am a relatively new jazz player. I do know a sizable amount of theory, though. My question was if there were any tips and advice you could give me concerning if and how soloists try to adjust their ...