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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how to hear difficult intervals in ear training

A Simple Way To Hear Difficult Intervals: The 2-step method (Premium)

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Forrest

Ear Training, Jazz Advice and Tips, Premium Only

Hearing larger intervals is difficult for most people. After a couple weeks of practicing your intervals, half-steps, whole steps, major and minor thirds, perfect fourths, perfect fifths, and major sixths fall into place, but the remaining few linger on, causing us trouble for eternity. There’s no reason why we can’t isolate these more difficult intervals …

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non standard chord progressions

Dealing With Non-standard Progressions (Premium)

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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)

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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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ii V substitutions

Two-Five Substitutions in a Flash (Premium)

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Forrest

Chords, Composition, Playing Techniques, Premium Only

Everybody wants to play “outside” the chord changes. They think there is something mysterious about getting outside the changes. In my experience, the phenomenal players that I’ve studied with along with the legendary players I’ve learned from on recordings, approach playing outside the harmony much in the same way they approach playing inside the harmony: …

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