visualize jazz in all keys

Visualization One Key At A Time

By

Forrest

Chords, Visualization

They say that time is money, but in jazz improvisation, it’s even more than that! Time is what’s passing by while you’re desperately trying to recall the next chord change in a tune, the notes to the melody, or what to play at any given moment of your solo… Everything in jazz improvisation happens in …

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using permutation in music

Using Permutation to Create Unlimited Musical Ideas…and Killer Technique

By

Eric

Composition, Jazz Advice and Tips, Playing Techniques, Rhythm, Scales

Time and again, we’ve stressed on this site that scales are not the secret to jazz improvisation. However, scales can be beneficial if you practice and apply them in the right way. Once you aurally understand and ingrain the vital aspects of the jazz language (i.e. phrasing, melodic construction, expression, harmonic application, time, articulation, etc.) …

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formulas for applying jazz language

Formulas For Applying Jazz Language To Different Harmonic Situations (Premium)

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Forrest

Chords, Composition, Jazz Language, Premium Only

As the article last Wednesday discussed, learning to apply language to tunes is crucial because it puts the language into context, allowing your ears and fingers to gain an understanding of how to integrate the language into your overarching concept. Over time, the language you practice this way will spontaneously materialize in new form, surprising …

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using enclosure in jazz

How To Effectively Use Enclosure

By

Forrest

Chords, Composition, Playing Techniques

We all have lines we use frequently. Some lines we use so much, that we can’t stand them, criticizing ourselves for playing them over and over, thinking we’re being unoriginal and uncreative… It’s ok. Even the masters repeat themselves often. When you’ve got some specific language to this point, where it’s coming out naturally and …

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non standard chord progressions

Dealing With Non-standard Progressions (Premium)

By

Forrest

Chords, Composition, Jazz Language, Playing Techniques, Premium Only

Recently we received a question about non-standard progressions, specifically the type of progressions you see in Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson tunes… These types of tunes are notoriously difficult, as they don’t seem to use the same predictable chord progressions that other jazz tunes do. A reader asks: When we’re learning, we go through a …

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slash chords made simple

Slash Chords Made Simple (Premium)

By

Eric

Chords, Composition, Premium Only, Scales

A reader recently sent in this question: “I was wondering if you could explain to me how to interpret slash chords for soloing. It seems like different sources have conflicting information. Also, what would I do if I encountered a chord like C/Db, in which the top and bottom are not related diatonically?” Slash chords …

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