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Ultimate Guide to Jazz Theory

Let me tell you one of the biggest myths I hear about learning how to play jazz: You need to know a ton of music...

A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz [UPDATED]

Okay, so you want to learn how to play jazz but you just don't know where to start. That's perfectly understandable! There is so much...

The 16 Most Important Scales in Jazz [UPDATED]

Here is a list of the 16 most important scales for jazz improvisation and the harmonic contexts in which they can be used for...

20 Basic Jazz Chords for Guitar [UPDATED]

So you're a guitarist and you want to start getting your jazz chops together. Awesome! Here's the great news: Contrary to what you may have heard, you...

9 Important Jazz Chord Progressions You Need to Master [UPDATED]

For some, learning jazz can be a daunting task. It's harmonically complex, and because of this, there is a demand for a certain level...

28 Jazz Blues Heads You Need to Know [UPDATED]

The blues has always played a central role in jazz music from the very beginning and is without a doubt one of the most...

Using the Bebop Scale on Days of Wine and Roses

Days of Wine and Roses is a bittersweet tune with heart-wrenching lyrics about nostalgia and the fleeting nature of happiness and youth....

2 Jazz Improv Concepts and an Etude Over “Solar”

“Solar” is a jazz standard written by one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time, trumpeter Miles Davis. The best-known Miles recording...

Double Your Scale Practicing Efficiency with this Bebop-Diminished Pattern

All musicians must practice scales at some point in their musical development. Scales are some of the most fundamental building blocks of Western styles...

3 Lessons I Learned From Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman”

Though it is practically a cliché in the jazz world today, it is nonetheless true to remark that 1959 was a profoundly significant year...

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