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

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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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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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How to enter in jazz theory

I am self-learned amateur guitar player and I play for quite long time (around 10 years) and not playing jazz/blues bad but I feel not progressing for a very long time. The reason is that I have no ...
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What to do when you get lost in a jazz song?

A problem a lot of beginners in jazz have is that they tend to get lost in the solos (theirs and their bandmates' solos, where they accompany the soloist). Trying to follow the chord progressions with ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does a minor sixth chord contain a major 6th interval?

This is something that has always puzzled me. Perhaps I am going about this the wrong way but when I build chords I always build them based on the scale that corresponds to the quality of the chord. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I go about naming/understanding the second chord in corcovado

I'm in the habit of writing lead sheets down for songs I learn, and the second chord of this stumped me. The notes are, starting at the bottom, G#, F, B E. The context is | Am6 | % | ...
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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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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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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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What does “Open Vamp” mean?

Playing the trumbone in BRAZIL from S.K.Russel and Ary Barroso a few weeks ago i fell over the sign "Open Vamp" in the trombone 2 part (in bar 10). Please help: what does this mean and how to play it?...
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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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Circle of fourths in Jazz

I read on Wikipedia that the circle of fourths (as opposed to circle of fifths) is preferred in the analysis of Jazz music. Why is this so? Are the any good examples to explain this?
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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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Diatonic substitution and upper-structure triads for minor chords

I'm going through Garrison Fewell's "Jazz Improvisation for Guitar - A Harmonic Approach". The start of Chapter 1 reads: Triad substitution is the use of triads derived from the chord tones and ...
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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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What are the best ways to practice Jazz improvisation on the guitar?

I have played blues and rock music for a while now on the guitar and slowly venturing into Jazz. I have started with playing the chords and melodies of Standards such as "All of me", "Blue Bossa", etc....
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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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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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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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Finding advanced chords for melody

I can find basic chords for most of the "normal" melodies by ear, but I can't find right "Jazz" chords like 7th chords..(advanced chords). Well,I'm not bad in chord theory. What do I need to study in ...
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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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What to Play Over a Dominant 7#11?

I'm currently working on an arrangement of Christmas Time is here that is in the key of E. The first chord played in this arrangement is an Emaj7, followed by a D7#11 which is not diatonic to the ...
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Starting Jazz Improvisation on Saxophone

I've always wanted to be able to do jazz improvisations and I think I am almost at a point where I should start, though I know little about improvisation. I would like some pointers on technique and ...
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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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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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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 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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Best Way to “Learn” Jazz Piano

Let me preface the question with a bit of background because I'm not even sure if I classify as "beginner" or "intermediate" or anything like that. I took your run of the mill piano lessons for 8 ...
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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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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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Is it normal to struggle through “The Jazz Piano Book” by Mark Levine?

I'm a hobbyist pianist who has been playing primarily rock and blues music for about 2 years, and classical before that for a few years. I have a beginner grasp of music theory (I know my major, 3 ...
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In jazz, what is diatonic substitution?

What is diatonic substitution? How is it used in improvisation?
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Is “horns” a common term to describe saxophones?

Im attending a jazz performance that promoted a horn section. It is two saxophones. I was expecting trumpets or related siblings. Did I misunderstand the use of the term?
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How can a classical pianist learn jazz piano?

I'm a classically trained pianist. Took lessons all through my childhood. I've continued to play and read classical literature all my life. But I never learned anything about jazz piano. I also know a ...
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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 ...