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

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Does the webbing seen in some trumpets change the sound?

Back in high school I played the trumpet for 6 months, and then clarinet for the next 4.5 years (high school is odd in Quebec, and it's not important to the question anyway), and I was a science ...
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Why don't we see jazz music played on the church organ?

I'm just curious as to what about let's say a saxophone makes it very well suited to jazz music and what about the church organ makes it unsuitable for jazz music. Is there something innate to the ...
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What is an example of an easy minor 2 5 1 song? [closed]

I am at the early stages of learning my way around minor 2 5 1 progressions. I've been working with my teacher using Black Orpheus as an example. I love this song but currently it is a little bit ...
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Why and how to play chord progression?

As a pianist who have only experienced classical music yet, I recently got my hands on The jazz theory book, because I am curious about this kind of music that is totally new to me. The theory is ...
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Why Locrian #2?

A scale built off the 6th degree of the jazz melodic minor (C-D-Eb-F-G-A-B-C) is spelled like this: A-B-C-D-Eb-F-G Paraphrasing Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book, Chapter 3 - Modes of the Melodic ...
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The Basso Continuo and the Jazz Rhythm Section

I've seen many musicologists compare the Basso Continuo of the Baroque Era to the Jazz Rhythm Section, an analogy which I think is valid and understandable. Here's one reference (of many) that I ...
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What's the difference between a tonal center and a guide tone?

A "guide tone" search generates a slew of hits. A "tonal center" search generates a slew of hits. A "guide tone tonal center" search generates one hit. In that thread the term guide tone appears ...
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Transcribing music which has no obvious metre

I am about halfway through transcribing Ryo Fukui's Early Summer, but I am having trouble figuring out how to notate the rhythm for the introduction (0:00 - 0:44) since I can't identify any beat to ...
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How should I go about learning Jazz, Funk and Blues piano?

I am about to buy my first keyboard and I have a lot questions about how to get started. A lot of the tutorials seem like they are based in classical music and this isn't really my taste. Should I try ...
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Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?

As a non-professional, intermediate-level guitarist interested in playing jazz, I wonder how important it is for me to be able to sight read music (and I mean standard music notation, not guitar ...
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How do I transition from a classical education to a jazz education in piano and theory?

I’ve been learning piano theory from a classical standpoint on-and-off for about 8 years of my life, and I feel as though I haven’t gotten anywhere. I compose and improvise in my spare time, but I ...
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How much of a jazz composition is defined by the composer, and how much by the musicians?

Do jazz music composers need to write all notes for the every instrument, do the players write themselves a new suitable extravaganza or do they completely improvise the song?
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Saxophone vs. Clarinet differences for Traditional Jazz

I play with a jazz band that plays Trad and Dixieland, and I play tenor sax. After searching for overviews on differences between playing style (note bending, arpeggios, note sequences) for these two ...
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What is Debussy's influence on bebop?

It has been said that Claude Debussy invented jazz harmonic theory. But is there any evidence that Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker, the inventors of bebop, were aware of Debussy's harmonic ...
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Jazz theory: In progression II7-V7-I, can I make tritone substitute with different kind of Altered V7?

Like F7b9 to B7+5 ; F7alt to B7+11? I meant any kind of different altered dominant seven, not only some particular ones like F7alt to B7 , F7b9 to B7b9, etc
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N.V. Meaning in Jazz

I play in a big band. One arrangement we play has "N.V." In quite a lot of the parts. Particularly in trombone and saxophone parts. Any ideas what it might mean?
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Most used scales in Jazz [closed]

Beginner here trying to figure out which Jazz scales should be studied first. The Jazz scale wikipedia entry give a pretty good overview of the main scales used in Jazz. However, there are so many of ...
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Common reasons for poor drummer swing feel?

I'm a jazz pianist who frequently plays with a drummer who can't swing. The thing is, I just can't figure out why. He seems to be going through the correct motions. Even when I ask him to play simply, ...
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Is C-7 chord associated with one of the three minor scales?

I'm writing questions on index cards to help me study music theory. Some of the questions I make up, including this one: "What minor scale is the jazz chord C–7 associated with?" I believe the ...
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What's the best exercise to master 2-5-1 or cycle of 5ths on a chromatic accordion (B-system)

When I started learning jazz on the piano, I was shown a very good exercice to learn voicings in all scales. It started Am7-D7-G7M-C7M-F#dim-B7-Em7-Bb, then it went on the same from Bbm7-Eb7-... It ...
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How common is it to omit the I in II V I cadences in Jazz?

I was studying the song 'Satin Doll' by Duke Ellington: And basically, there many II V in different tonalities. The same happens in Charles Mingus's 'Nostalgia in Times Square' (bars 9-11): In both ...
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How to quickly find what scales you can play over a chord

For example, if I get a lead sheet I have never seen before and it has a chord that is not in its center key, how can I easily recognize what mode or scale to play over it when improvising?
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Location within form

I am learning jazz standards, and wonder if anyone could offer advice on maintaining awareness of location within the form of the song, especially while improvising. I have been trying to envision ...
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what are the most beneficial drills for jazz piano?

I am trying to set up a practice routine of "drills" for jazz piano. I am a relative beginner to Jazz, but not at the piano in general. I have had classical lessons for many years so have relatively ...
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Sustain Pedal in Jazz

So recently I was asked to do jazz (piano player) for our band. I started looking at music for jazz and I see a lot of the time, there are chords. But some of these chords require jumping around or ...
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Half-diminished pentatonic scale?

The traditional minor pentatonic scale heard in jazz contains these scale tones: 1 ♭3 4 5 ♭7. For example, in Cmin, this would be C E♭ F G B♭. By contrast, the major pentatonic scale has these scale ...
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In Jazz, what is an avoid note?

Why are some scale degrees avoided? What is the reasoning behind the avoid notes? Are there avoid notes in all modes? If so, which are the avoid notes of the different modes? Is this pattern widely ...
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Jazz harmonization in the right hand on piano

I am trying to improve my mastery of Jazz Piano. I currently play block chords in my left hand with voice leading and melody in my right hand. I need to improve my right hand harmony. My first ...
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Parallel Octaves and Fifths in Jazz?

Do Jazz musicians make any effort to avoid parallel 5ths and octaves?
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What scale do you play over V7#9?

In Mark Levine's Jazz Theory Book (section about tritone substituion), he says (paraphrased): When the tritione substitution contains the 7th in the melody, you can add a #9 to the chord. So a ...
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Im6 chord in a minor II-V-I

In a minor II-V-I progression, we usually have a IIm7(b5) chord followed by a V7(b9,b13) chord, resolving into Im7. I always thought the diminished 5th in the II chord (also the minor 9th in the V7 ...
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Harmonic progressions that contain a C7 followed by a B♭13?

At some point, C7 and B♭13 became two of my favorite chords, so I've become interested in some chord progressions that contain these two in succession. I'll outline some ideas and my thoughts on them ...
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passing chord preceding 4th in minor scale?

I will demonstrate the topic in Am Scale but it could be in another scale. in a lot of songs,music there is a chord progression that includes these to chords in this order : Am ---> Dm and ...
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Effect of voicing / bass note on function of 7sus4 chord

First post here, hope everyone out there is well! I am currently learning/analyzing Dolphin Dance by Herbie Hancock and a tangent ensued.. I wound up going pretty deep on function of Sus chords. My ...
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Asking written-out full score of some standard Jazz repertoire [closed]

I find it difficult to learn Jazz improvisation (in my case for piano), partly because the written out full score are hard to find, so I may study, compare, and imitate. Many canonical pieces can be ...
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Tempo di Louie indication

I am learning the piece Louie Louie as part of a jazz ensemble. The tempo marking is only Tempo di Louie. How fast/slow is this meant to be? Is the piece meant to be swung? Are there any ...
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Do musicians who never learned to read music but play a transposing instrument learn the standard fingering names?

If a trumpeter or saxophonist, for example, learned to play music by ear and not by sheet music or formal training, is it more likely that s/he learned the standard fingering names or the concert ...
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How to recognize the modal scale starting from the chord?

I know that: Cmag7 is Ionic mode D-7 is Dorian mode F delta #11 is Lydian mode G7 is Mixolydian mode But I don't understand of two obtain the scale starting from the chords. For example, in the ...
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Flamenco sketches ear training vs. sheet music

I'm trying to get Coltrane's solo on Flamenco Sketches from Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and i think i'm missing out on what i read on the spread sheet. This is the relevant part (the beginning of the ...
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Walking bass line over an auxiliary diminished scale

I recently found out the auxiliary diminished chord, and that I can play it over a dominant chord, but I'm not really familiar with it, I'm still trying to understand it, so there might be some ...
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What are these dots above a note?

I was going through some jazz music and I encountered these four dots above a note leading into an improv solo: What do they mean? Is it a doit, or does it signify going up in the following solo? ...
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Part time courses in Jazz music in Germany

I am a guitar player but had no formal music education and I want to learn Jazz improvisation with guitar as my main instrument. I am looking for some courses in Jazz guitar in the German music ...
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Jazz chords: left hand fingerings

I'm an amateur guitarist, I like jazz and I decided to try to learn the basics from the beginning (self-teaching at the moment). I started reading Mickey Backer's "Complete Course in Jazz Guitar" ...
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why are C7 and Cmaj7 different chords [duplicate]

I'm relatively new to music theory, I was under the impression Cmaj7 was the same as C7 so i just added a minor third above the C triad (CEG) and got CEGBb. As it turns out, C maj7 is actually a major ...
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What is the pentad comping voicing for a G7#5 chord?

This is for piano btw. For a typical G7, I would play: LH: FB RH: EAD or LH: BF RH: AEG For the first version, would I alter the D to D#? For the second version, would I alter the E to D#?
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Getting back into music after a long hiatus

A little background: In high school, I was first chair tenor saxophone all four years in the school's top wind symphony section, and even played in the honors district band. I did jazz band both in ...
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What is the most efficient way to memorize chord changes?

When performing an improvised solo, it's desirable not to keep our minds busy with all the theoretical stuff we study. One of the ultimate goals is to make the hands go where they are supposed to go ...
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Lydian Guitar Voicing (Maj7 #4 Chord)

From the fourth mode (Lydian) of the major scale (in C) we get F G A B C D E F. In jazz, it appears the fifth is often omitted and the #4 takes over in place of it. This results in F A B E, the root, ...
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Theory behind I iii IV V

I am doing my best to book-learn and keyboard-hack my way through jazz piano. I've recently started trying to swing this progression/combo, but do not quite understand the theory of why it works. [ ...
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Should you play open strings in first position?

I'm working through Alfred's Jazz Guitar Sight Reading Book. It is asking me to play swing riffs in First Position F Major. Should I hit open notes since many notes in standard tuning are in the F ...