Questions tagged [jazz]

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

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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 Maj7#...
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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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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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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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Symmetry Instead of Tonaliity

I have read about a different approach to music, the symmetrical approach of analyzing, that was after I listened to a the jazz standard Giant Steps and heard that the technique that is used in the ...
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How to improvise a walking bass line

When improvising or writing a walking bass line the bass note (usually the root of the chord) is played on the chord change, but how do you choose the other notes for a walking bass line? Is there a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 are the 3 note Freddie Green jazz chords?

Freddie Green, the guitar player in the Count Basie Orchestra, had amazing chordal technique. I use his chords all the time but I think I'm missing some of the voicings. Where can I find a complete ...
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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?
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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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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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Harmonic analysis of the B section of “Have You Met Miss Jones”

I've been studying the standard Have You Met Miss Jones and I came across a very interesting chord progression in the B section of the piece. The A section is pretty typical and the key it's in is F ...
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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 ...
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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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How to make jazz covers? [closed]

I'm pretty new to the genre of jazz and would love to arrange some popular songs as jazz covers. One that I really like is this one: Sadly you can't see so easy ...
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What is the best book on Jazz Harmony? [closed]

I would like suggestions for good books on Jazz Harmony that are easy to understand, thorough and have readily applicable principles for compositions. Thanks.
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What to improvise over “fake” ii V I and succession of dominant chords

I frequently see "incomplete" ii V I sequences in standards (like Satin Doll for example) where only the ii and the V are played and I'm always wondering what I can play there, since I find most of ...
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A♭ major 9th chord in Bach is unexpectedly dissonant/jazzy

Measures 21-24 in Prelude VII from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier I I was looking at the Prelude VII by Bach and noticed that on the measure 23 Bach ended that phrase with a A♭ maj9 chord. I was ...
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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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Are modes in jazz primarily a melody thing?

I was wondering when jazz cats talk about how they'd use a Lydian scale to improvise over a major chord, or a Dorian scale to improvise over a minor chord they're mainly talking about the melody? So ...
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Goodbye Porkpie Hat - solo harmonic analysis

I have been untangling Goodbye Porkpie Hat, the original on Mingus Ah Um. The solo section has different chords to the head on this version. I have listened to the sax solo, and I am making notes, but ...
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Thoughtfully Voicing Chords

I've begun to experiment with arranging for jazz big band. Something I don't quite understand is how to thoughtfully voice chords. I understand generally how instruments should be voiced in a chord. ...
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Improvising “sparsely” on piano

I'm having trouble building my solos on piano - starting off calm, and then building it, in order to keep it interesting for longer periods of time. On other instruments (I play saxophone as well) I'd ...
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How does modal jazz use chord progressions?

I read that jazz uses the chord progression "ii V I" alot. But another thing I heard is that modal jazz doesn't think in chord functions instead it uses modes. Which made me confused. Does that mean ...
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Improvising over quartal voicings

One particular jazz piano technique is to voice chords using quartal voicings. A quartal voicing is a chord built on fourths. For example, one might voice Cmin with the notes (in ascending order) F-B♭-...
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What was Art Tatum's practice routine?

Did he do exercises, or just work on repertoire and improvisation? Are there any anecdotes that may shed light on Tatum's routine?
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What is chord melody?

I've heard the term "chord melody" used by a jazz player acquaintance of mine, but I'm not really certain what he is describing or how it works. Would someone please give me a definition in easy to ...
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Whole-step technique for figuring out jazz scales?

I was watching a tutorial on how this guy finds scales to play on top of jazz chords. And I was wondering if this a good method to use, and if not how do I know which scales to improvise on chords. Do ...
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Do jazz musicians improvise on the parent scale in addition to the chord-scales?

I noticed that jazz musicians improvise on actual chords. This makes sense for modal jazz since the chords in the progression might not be related. But for tonal jazz, say we have a "ii-V-I" ...
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Jazz greats knew nothing of modes. Why are they used to improvise on standards?

My understanding is before 1970, few Jazz players thought about modes. For certain, Charlie Parker, Colman Hawkins, Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Monk, etc never thought in modes. Barry Harris shows how ...
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Do seventh chords add vocal pitches not found in triads? [closed]

I was wondering what is it about seventh notes... Fmaj7 Tall and tanned and young and lovely       G7 The girl from ipanema goes walking     &...
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Are Secondary Dominants related to Chord-Scales? [closed]

This is in relation to my last question about chord-scales. I was wondering if secondary dominants enable an application of chord-scale theory that would allow me to expand an existing chord ...
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What is an Italian sixth?

I've done some jazz rehearsals and while other members were discussing chords I overheard them talking about an 'Italian sixth', 'German sixth' and a 'French sixth.' I have no idea what they are ...
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How to analyze this melody in modal/Jazz theory? [closed]

Update: I've updated this for clarity and with some context regarding how I interpret this passage, but my fundamental question remains the same. I really hope someone could help me parse out this ...
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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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how is called what Diego Figueiredo is doing by adding / substituting chords

What's called what he is doing with the chords in this song: I mean he is substituting a lots of chords...and it sounds great. Thanks
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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 is the difference between a flat 5 and a sharp 11

I was looking at the chords from Blue in Green and Misterioso and in one there is a B flat major 7 sharp 11 which can be played b flat, D,E,A (those are notes) And in the other there is a B flat 7 ...
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Do I play my key signature for my instrument or on the paper?

If I'm auditioning for jazz for high school band and I play the flute, and my audition piece is for saxophone, do I play my key signature or the key signature on the sheet music?
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Can anyone precisely describe what it means (or feels like) to play exactly what your “inner ear” is hearing?

I've been improvising jazz and other styles on piano for decades, and yet there is still a very significant amount of my improvisation which is based on physical patterns developed over the years, ...