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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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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coltrane articulation techniques

The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Articulation: Coltrane Techniques Demystified (Premium)

By

Forrest

Playing Techniques, Premium Only, Rhythm

It’s the subtleties of articulation that make melodies come alive. But, being so subtle, articulation is one of those concepts that’s difficult to grasp, or for that matter, even teach. And it’s personal. Nearly every player has their own distinct method of articulating, which yields a different result. With all this ambiguity, how can we …

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