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Questions tagged [jazz]

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

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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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what is this type of music? [migrated]

i have an url link of this video from cowboy bebop,i have seen it many times but i just interested and chill with the piano play at the soundtrack.Is Anyone know what is the genre of jazz or music ...
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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 ...
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How should I approach 'Blues in all keys' by Jamey Aebersold on the piano?

I am a piano player, new to the world of jazz/blues and have just bought myself a copy of Jamey Aebersold's Blues in all keys and wanted some advice on how to practice using it, starting from simple ...
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How can I transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' on the piano?

I am trying to transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' and at 3:25 the piano plays a short solo. I am finding it difficult to transcribe this however as even slowing the song way down it still ...
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How can you recognize whether a song is blues or jazz?

Guys I'm in the midst of studying jazz. And I'm so confused whether jazz is the same as blues, especially the rhythm parts If blues is using shuffle, then jazz is using swing? Then why sometimes blues ...
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Walking bass line/chord help

I've been playing bass for about a year, so pardon my question, what is the relation between chords, arpeggios and scales? I always learn and played scales, but in order to learn this new jazz ...
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To get to jazz do I just add a seventh?

I've been up until now just practicing triads on all major/minor keys. If I wanted to play jazz do I just add sevenths (ie dominant7, major7, minor7) to chords in my chord progressions or is it alot ...
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What is Chris Potter playing here?

NB: This is all in Tenor Sax key (Bb), not Concert I've been mulling over the following excerpt of a Chris Potter solo on the tune "Just One Of Those Things," I find it probably the most harmonically ...
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How should I notate this chord?

This small dilemma I'm having right now is dealing with a problem many jazz musicians face: chord notation. The notes in the chord (in ascending order) are as follows: C Eb(D#) F Ab(G#) Bb Would I ...
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What is back cycling?

The term "back cycling" is used when discussing reharmonization in jazz. What does the term mean, and what are examples of its use (preferably real-world examples taken from jazz songs)? Can it be ...
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What's the name for chord progression that always jumps 4 scale degrees?

A very common chord progression in jazz is one where the next root note is at an interval of 4th (perfect or diminished, as the scale suggests) relatively to current root note: Am7 Dm7 G7 CΔ FΔ Bø ...
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Writing interesting accompaniment rhythms

I've noticed a lot of music by New York composers use very interesting and varied, unpredictable accompaniment patterns (syncopation, rests, variation, counter-melodies etc) for their songs (like in ...
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Why aren't 9th commonly added to half diminished chords?

I believe that 9ths are not commonly added to half diminished chords. If we wanted to write all the diatonic 7th chords of the E♭ Major scale, with the 9th added, we would have for example on the VI ...
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How to identify the chord progression and a specific chord

This is a two part question. I have a piece of music written in the key of C called "Tranquility" (written by Jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola). My two questions are: how do I identify the chord ...
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Why do tritone substitute dominants have tensions 9 #11 13?

Secondary dominants take upper tensions from the key of the piece. Diminished 7ths take upper tensions from the key of the piece. Makes sense. But substitute Vs (which are a form of secondary ...
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Tri-Tone Substitution theory and practice [duplicate]

Can someone give me a practical explanation of the theory and practice of tri-tone substitution for jazz piano?
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What are the names of those jazz chords [closed]

My piano teacher taught me how to construct a few jazz chords, I know they had the “7” in them for at least some of them. In the C major key they would be Bb D E G Bb D E A B D E G B D E A In C ...
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Simple little questions about available (ex)tensions

In the key of Em, does the F#m7-5 chord have the b13 (D natural) or the 13 as an available (ex)tension? Same question in Bb Major regarding the Gm7 chord, is the 13 (E natural) an available (ex)...
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jazz counterpoint [closed]

Lately i've become interested in counterpoint composition within a more contemporary jazz tonality framework (20th century and beyond) for two or more voices. How would you go about accomplishing ...
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Ranking dominant chord alterations by dissonance

In a jazz chord progression, there are many ways to alter the extensions and notes in a dominant chord. Reasons for altering dominant chords are to add harmonic variety, to construct elegant and ...
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How can I learn a new jazz voicing on piano?

I'm reading "The Jazz Piano Book" by Mark Levine, and he often says things like "learn this new voicing in every key". What's an efficient way to do this? I've tried "practicing around the cycle of ...
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Trick to figure out what the proper note to play is when playing in thirds?

Take for example the melody C D E F G A B in the key of c major. If i play the melody in thirds, I have been told that you would play it C E; D F; E G; etc. but some of those form minor 3rds and some ...
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Why do jazz chord symbols give absolute, not relative, roots?

Answers to the question How do they decide the key? point out how useful it is for a jazz musician to be able to play a piece in any key. So, in jazz, why does sheet music give chord symbols with ...