Melody and Jazz Improvisation

Why Melody is the Secret to Playing Better Jazz Solos

By

Eric

Composition, Perspectives, Playing Techniques

Ask any musician or teacher what you should practice to develop exceptional jazz improvisation skills, and you usually hear words like “Scales” and “Modes” or “Guide-tone lines.” Sometimes even “Transcribing”… This is all useful information. And it will help you understand the harmonic function and music theory behind all those jazz standards. But it’s missing …

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Jazz Theory Has Failed You

How The Chord-Scale System Has Failed You: 6 Steps to Freedom With Scales and Modes

By

Forrest

Chords, Composition, Jazz Education, Scales

The Chord-scale system has become the most established and widespread method for teaching jazz improvisation…And it’s no mystery why. So often, scales—more specifically the modes of the major and melodic minor scales—get passed-off as the most important aspect of learning to improvise. It’s as if by magic, you learn a couple scales and their modes, and …

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woody shaw techniques

10 Modern Improvisation Techniques from Woody Shaw that’ll Rock Your World (Premium)

By

Eric

Composition, Jazz Musicians, Playing Techniques, Premium Only

Every musician wants to sound hip and modern…To play complex lines that move outside of the harmony and above the time. Solos that’ll make your fellow musicians shake their heads in disbelief and leave the audience speechless. The only problem is that few players actually get to this point, and even less sound authentic, unique, …

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