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The Blues – Part 1 – Changes

Hey Jazz Guy.. Can you explain the difference between a “Jazz Blues” and a regular Blues? How can I make my blues playing more jazzy? -Blue and Bored in Birmingham Dear Blue and Bored, This is a great question! There are many variations on the jazz blues, but this one is middle of the road […]

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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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Keys VS Modes

Hey Jazz Guy… What’s the difference between a diatonic key and a mode like super locrian or lydian?—Moded out in Manhattan Dear Moded:Great Question! This is where some of the terminology of music theory becomes confusing. So you’re not alone in trying to figure this out, to make it worse, many of these words are […]

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Intervals

Im having trouble incorporating intervals in my playing, can you talk about how to use this concept in a post-modern jazz context? — Linear in Louisville Dear Linear:This is a great question! In trying to break free of the linear style (which is amazing btw) it is good to look at the types of intervals […]

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Tri-tone Subs & Minor Third Subs

Hey Jazz Guy… What can you explain tri-tone subs, and minor third substitutions? Im trying to make my chord melodies more interesting, and what’s the purpose of this technique? — Sub-Par in Salt Lake Dear Sub-Par:Well, the purpose of the tri-tone sub, or any reharm technique, is to create the un-expected for the listener. We […]

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ii – V Progressions

Hey Jazz Guy… Can you explain the basic concept of a ii-V progression and why it’s so important? —Chordless in Cleveland Dear Chordless: A two five or (ii-V) in roman numerals, is a basic progression that is taken from the cycle of 5ths. Root motion in 4ths or 5ths is motion around the circle and […]

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Drop 2 Voicings

Can you talk about Drop 2 Voicings? I’ve heard of them, but what are they and how can I use them in my playing? — Dropped out in Denver Dear Dropped Out: Drop 2 voicings are simply re-arranging the order of notes in a chord, to make the structure wider (so the chord spans more […]

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