5 secrets to learning tunes

5 Secrets to Learning Tunes

By

Forrest

Chords, Jazz Standards

Learning jazz standards is a crucial part of every jazz musician’s practice routine. After all, as a jazz musician, the entire goal is to perform tunes, so it totally makes sense that they should be a central part of your practice… Now, when it comes to learning tunes, it’s how you first learn them that matters …

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slow practice for jazz improvisation

Another Look at Slow Practice for Jazz Improvisation

By

Eric

Chords, How to Practice Jazz, Jazz Advice and Tips, Jazz Language, Transcribing

Play it slow. Feel every beat. Subdvide. Hear every note. Concentrate on every single detail. There are dozens of different ways to describe the process of slow practice, yet it seems that the majority of successful musicians in any genre are saying “practice slowly!” Every teacher that I’ve ever had, from classical players to lead …

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understanding chord tones

Understanding Chord Tones

By

Eric

Chords, Composition, Ear Training, Playing Techniques

Recently we’ve gotten a few questions regarding chord tones: how to work on hearing them, how to aim for them in your lines, and how to connect them when you’re improvising over a chord progression. Understanding the sound and function of chord tones is important to your success as an improviser. However, it’s important to …

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chord confusion in jazz

Curing Chord Confusion Syndrome

By

Forrest

Chords, Composition

In a recent question from a reader, I was asked why in many examples on this site do I denote the iii chord in a iii Vi ii V as half-diminished? This is an excellent question. In many lead sheets you see the iii chord denoted as minor and many theory books claim that the …

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