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Diminished Thoughts…

Hey Jazz Guy My beef concerns diminished chords. Most teachings I have encountered on diminished harmony improvisation consist in playing playing patterns and arps. But how do we make “diminished” sound musical while outlining the harmony? Take for example “Quiet Nights” (A- to Ab dim), the bridge in “Air mail special”, “All of me” turnaround […]

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The Blues – Part 2 – Soloing

Hey Jazz Guy.. How can I make my blues soloing more jazzy, to fit the jazz-blues chord changes? –Blue and Bored in Birmingham Dear Blue and Bored, The best way to become accustom to the shift in language is through listening. Particularly by listening to older jazz (bebop and hard-bop) you will get a good […]

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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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