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

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Preparing for my first jazz gig

My first jazz gig is coming up (in about 45 days) and rehearsals start tomorrow. We are a quartet consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone. I am used to playing with the rhythm section - ...
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Why saxophone is so common in Jazz Music?

Since the invertor of the saxophone was from Belgium, how did the saxophone become so popular in jazz music? I mean, it was created by a European in the 1840's, it wasn't created by Americans at the ...
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Music Mode what mode is song in?

I have a Blues solo to analyse, the key is G major and it makes use of blue notes such as B flat and F natural, does anyone know what 'mode' the song is in
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What key fits with the chords Em7, F#m7, and B7#5?

I'm trying to find some good places to start an electric guitar solo for the song Cosmic Girl by Jamiroquai . The solo will go over the verse progression. The verse progression seems to be some sort ...
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Harmonic functions of chords in “Killing Me Softly”

I have some background in classical harmony, and now I'm reading through "The Chord Scale Theory and Jazz Harmony" by B. Nettles and R. Graf as an introduction to modern harmony. In Ch. 2 they ...
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Thumb dislocated and popped back into place, now stiff [closed]

My thumb dislocated and popped back into place several times while I was playing Jazz Ostinato in C# minor at full speed. Now it is stiff. I stopped playing today after I finished the Jazz Ostinato in ...
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Is this a helpful way to think about Coltrane Substitution?

More specifically, is it harmful? From the ii-V-I I could backtrack from the I and suss out the flatVImaj7 and the IIImaj7, but what about: Bar 1 ii-up a half step to a dominant - Bar2 down a ...
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Mental strategies to stay in time when improvising?

Here is a problem I encounter: Sometimes I want to play music with people. We choose some chord progressions or Jazz tune to keep us together. I can keep this structure if I am playing a simple ...
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Help with fast guitar fingering for Db13 in Michelle (jazz guitar)

I am having trouble to quickly change from 4-6 (partial Dbmaj7) to 64434 (Db13). This exact part is inside the red circle. Separately I can rather confidently play Db13 as 64434 using ring finger ...
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What are the Coltrane Changes?

Also known as Coltrane Matrix, Coltrane Cycle, chromatic third relations, and multi-tonic changes. What are the Coltrane Changes? What's the theory behind them? How are they used in improvisation, ...
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Why are chord inversions rarely/never mentioned in beginning jazz (solo) piano?

I've learned about chord inversions in my basic piano instruction, usually emphasizing voice leading as being important for a more accomplished sound. But this seems to be absent in beginning jazz ...
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In jazz, what is a guide tone?

I've heard that guide tones are very useful while improvising, and seems to be an important concept for jazz theory. What is a guide tone? How can it help improvisation?
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Does a chord imply a change in the key signature?

I was looking at Cold Duck Time : Where the key signature is F major. On the second bar, the bass line says that the A is to be played natural. The key signature doesn't have Ab, but the chord (Bb7) ...
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What's the value of modes?

Let's say we have a progression where all of the chords fit within traditional diatonic harmony. Maybe something like this: | E♭Maj♯11 | Cmin7 | F7 | B♭Maj | All of these chords fit ...
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Is it helpful to study jazz when I like pop?

Recently I started an online jazz course, and and I enjoy studying it (all the chords and extensions). But at the end of the day, I don't know why I study jazz. I don't really like jazz, and it's hard ...
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What are the rules of Third Stream composition?

In 1961, Gunther Schuller defined Third Stream as "a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music". Schuller stated what Third Stream music is not It is not jazz with ...
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I am Looking for a workbook or pratice guideline for jazz piano [closed]

I would to ask, if anyone has a logical guidebook including practice goals, practice methods etc to use as a basis for learning jazz piano. Ideally it would be good to have a book or document which ...
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Learning piano the autodidact approach

I'm really motivated to learn to play the piano, though I can't afford any teaching and I don't know someone who could teach me. So I guess I have to do it "the autodidact way"—but maybe not really ...
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Why is a 2-5-1 progression so often associated with JAZZ?

Why is a 2-5-1 progression so often associated with JAZZ?? Is there something inherent in this progression that makes it sound jazzy? Or rather, is it just that jazz people started to use it, ...
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How to play eighths (quavers) interspersed only with quarter notes (crotchets) in swing time

I am currently learning saxophone, and I've recently been introduced to jazz compositions (after playing classical music for a few months). The second measure here has had me puzzled for a few weeks ...
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Count on beat 2 and 4

Why do jazz and funk musicians count on 2 and 4 beats on a 4/4 beat? I've noticed that most musicians of other styles count on 1 and 3 or 1,2,3,4. Is there any advantage in counting on 2 and 4?
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Improvisation and flow

So I'm playing jazz guitar for a year now. I know all "important" theory like scales, chords and their roles in a tune, etc. I used to practice hearing, like playing the first note and singing the ...
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Looking for Jazz recordings to practice transcribing bass lines [closed]

I don't play bass but I've read before that it's a very good excercise to transcribe walking bass lines from jazz recordings while figuring out the changes. The problem with doing this, I find, is ...
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Gypsy Jazz - Improvisation

I am currently playing lots of old blues music such as BB King, Peter Green and Clapton . I recently developed a liking for gypsy jazz; specifically, Django's work. I tried to improvise using ...
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My jazz guitar doesnt sound like jazz

I mainly learned the major scale and minor pentatonic. I have a fairly good grasp of music theory, but I guess my harmony area is lacking when it comes to chord naming etc. I understand most intervals ...
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Jazz Theory: in progression IM7-VIm7-IIm7-V7, why can the VIm7 be subsituted by VImMaj7?

The book i'm reading says that: in progression I-VIm-IIm-V7 (for example Bb- Gm7-Cm7-F7 ). The Gm7 can be subsituted by G7 because it's a V/II - IIm, yes. and the G7 is also the Eb7(nop, its Db7) ...
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How do jazz musicians pick chords and scales?

I'm familiar with the chord-scale system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chord-scale_system) that dictate what scales go with what chord, and vice versa. But I can't find much info about how jazz ...
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Improvising a Solo with Both Hands

I'm a intermediate piano player aiming to improve my improvised jazz soloing. Normally, I play in a smaller group with a minimal rhythm section (just piano & drums), so I'm the only one playing ...
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Harmonization of bebop scale

When you harmonize a bebop scale, you get a succession of X6 and X° chords with tight voicings, which can be thought of as tiny I and V chord progressions. I've read that musicians with polyphonic ...
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Descending Minor7♭5 Introduction/Motif Questions

Some jazz arrangements that I've heard use a motif(?) where a series of descending minor chords are played, starting on the #iv of the major scale. For example, in the key of D, the progression is as ...
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Need Help with Trumpet Lesson and Piano Chords

Not sure how to explain my problem so please bear with me. I'm studying IIm7-V7 Etude from a Trumpet book called "Amazing Phrasing". It's called Idea #11 if anyone happens to have the book. It's a ...
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Is a dominante flat 9 chord also a diminished 7 chord?

As the title says, say I had an E7b9, could this not also be a G#dim7? If I understand correctly, the notes would be: E G# B D F = E7b9 - G# B D F = G#dim7 Is this correct? If so: Is this a ...
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Trumpet low range in a big band

A common voicing technique in big band music is to have the 4th trumpet play an octave below the lead trumpet. Is there a limit to how low this can go and still be effective, other than the hard limit ...
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Standard format for jazz chord symbols

In jazz, certain chords can be written in many formats. Like for minor 7ths you can do: Cm7 Cmi7 Cmin7 C-7 And for major 7ths: CM7 Cma7 Cmaj7 CΔ7 Have publishers of big band music settled on a ...
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Which notes are optional in jazz chords?

I have a question on jazz chords, and what notes can be removed from the chord. My understanding is fairly superficial - mostly from what I've read in books. This is what I understand: In some chords,...
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What is Voice Leading?

In both classical music and jazz, we often encounter the concept of voice leading. What is it?
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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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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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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?