May 3, 2012 in Blog, Learning Jazz
Etudes, transcribing solos, and jazz licks are the three most helpful tools for learning the jazz language. Here is a bebop etude over the changes of the tune Perdido.
Perdido Jazz Etude
Perdido Etude (Guitar) (with standards notation and tablature!)
Perdido Etude (C Instruments)
Perdido Etude (Bb Instruments)
Perdido Etude (Eb Instruments)
Perdido Etude (Bass Clef Instruments)
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March 27, 2012 in Blog, Learning Jazz
At Learn Jazz Standards, we promote learning tunes primarily by ear. This can take longer, especially at first, but when you learn tunes this way, you REALLY learn them as you struggle with the harmonies, melodies, and with the memorization of the tune. Reading is a crucial skill for a jazz musician, BUT it must not be used as a …
March 6, 2012 in Blog, Learning Jazz
This is one my favorite jazz education videos on youtube… the perspective of is that of a brilliant guitarist, but any instrumentalist could use these concepts. I’ve included a summary below of his main point for reference (or if you aren’t a guitar player and have trouble following what Vic is doing).
Summary for all instrumentalists:
Over a ii-V7alt-I-VIalt progression, …
February 2, 2012 in Blog, Learning Jazz
Learn Jazz Standards.com focuses on helping jazz musicians expand their repertoire. Jazz musicians are required to know jazz standards for working gigs and playing at jam sessions. However, it’s also very important to practice soloing over chord progressions, such as the ii-V-I-VI7 progression. This progression will show up time and time again in many tunes, and so practicing improvising over these changes will pay HUGE …
November 13, 2010 in Blog, Jazz Originals, Jazz Standards, Learning Jazz, Swing Era & Dixieland
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is an important tune by Fats Waller. This is probably the tune people think of first when you think of the harmonic motion in the three bars:
IMaj7 #idim7 | ii-7 #iidim7 | iii-7
This is an important progression, and this tune embodies that progression.
Fats Waller did the tune in Eb, so that’s …