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Structure and Function

Hey Jazz Guy, I feel like I’m stuck on repeat with the chords I know and I’m searching for something different. Any Advice? –Repeating in Rochester   Dear Repeating, This is a common sentiment, so sometimes it’s useful to go back to the drawing board and see what we discover. Most of the chords we think […]

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Crocodiles and The Art of the Left Hand

   Oftentimes artists must look outside the realm of their art form in order to find inspiration. When it comes to improving your left hand, we can learn everything we need to know by studying a simple principal, best explained by examining the efficiency of one of nature’s engineering wonders, the crocodile.     Bite […]

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Preparing For A College Audition

Hey Jazz Guy, I want to major in music, and my college audition is coming up. I have no idea what to expect and what to prepare. Can you give me some tips? -Auditioning in Austin Dear Auditioning, This is a great question and I’m glad you asked it. I’m sure it is on a […]

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Transcribing

Hey Jazz Guy, Who’s solos should I be transcribing to learn how to play through changes? -Searching in Somerville Dear Searching, Transcribing solos of great jazz musicians is a surefire way to improving your understanding of the genre. However, to really execute certain concepts, it can be very helpful write out your own solos. This […]

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Hey Jazz Guy’s Top Ten

Hey Jazz Guy, I know that learning jazz takes years of study, but is there anything I can do to improve quickly? –Eager in Elmhurst Dear Eager, We all share your desire to speed up the improvement process! Although musical study is a life-long sport, these are a few of my favorite things you can […]

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Open Ended Questions

Open Ended Questions for The Advancing Musician What kind of music is your favorite to listen to? What kind of music is your favorite to perform? How will what you are practicing now be different than what you practice next year? What are your musical goals? (Playing, writing, recording etc) What are your non-musical goals? […]

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Jazz Tap

Hey Jazz Guy, Is there a way to introduce tapping in a jazz solo/improv? –Picking in Puerto Rico Dear Picking, What a great question! This is a really cool idea, so adventurous however, that few guitarist have managed to try it, let alone master it. The most obvious candidate for this type of playing is […]

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Wide Open (Intervals)

**Hi cats! So in the magazine the music example has a couple typos… GMaj7 in the first two examples should be Gmin7 and CMaj13 in the last example should be Cmin13. Sorry bout that…my mistake on the fine print! Thanks for following, happy shedding…here’s the lesson: PS – you can download the corrected practice sheet […]

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Practicing!

Hey Jazz Guy, How do you practice? There’s so much to learn I don’t even know where to start sometimes! Any tips/suggestions? — Stressing in Switzerland   This is a great and very important question, and there are many right answers. Here’s the system that I have found works for me. I organize my practicing […]

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