share your musical knowledge

Why You Should Share Your Musical Knowledge

By

Eric

Jazz Advice and Tips

There exists a hidden trap on the path of learning improvisation. One that you can fall into without even realizing it. In music school practice rooms, jam sessions, and even in the performance hall, the art of improvisation can frequently devolve into a petty competition. Rather than sharing information and focusing on musicality, some musicians …

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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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