3 Types of Tritone Substitution with Lick Examples

An important technique that jazz musicians use to create harmonic movement is tritone substitution. This technique can add some great color to your jazz solos. In this lesson, I'm going to talk about tritone substitution, what...

The Right Way to Use the Diminished Scale

The diminished scale is one of the most useful and versatile tools for jazz improvisers. It has been covered on LJS before, but I want to try to offer an additional perspective on how...

4 Blues Chord Progressions You Need to Know

One of the most important song forms in jazz is the blues. The blues was born out of the African slave trade in the United States. It came straight out of the oppression of the...

24 Places to Use the Diminished Scale

The Diminished Scale is often misunderstood. It is symmetrical, unlike the major scale, and this alone gives it a certain mystery. When you consider its exotic sound, the mystery grows. Many people first learn to...

How to Use Bebop Scales Like a Pro

Perhaps you’ve read or heard about bebop scales before – they’ve been mentioned in passing on LJS in the past. But where do bebop scales come from, and how can they be used in...

How to Use Guide-Tones to Navigate Chord Changes

One of the most useful concepts which has emerged in jazz theory is the notion of guide-tones. Guide-tones are melodic lines constructed from one or two pitches strategically extracted from each chord of a...

A Guide for Which Scales to Use Over 7th Chords

When it comes to jazz improvisation, it's all about learning the jazz language. We do that by learning jazz solos, licks, and just listening to jazz. These are of the utmost importance and should be...

A Beginner’s Guide To Implied Metric Modulations

Implied metric modulation is a device used to create rhythmic tension, by giving the impression of shifting to a new tempo or playing what seems to be an unrelated tempo on top of the...

2 Exercises for Practicing the Major Modes

As jazz improvisers, we want to know how to navigate our instruments competently. The ultimate goal is to have the freedom to play whatever we want, and not be tied down by our technical...

How to Substitute a Diminished 7 for a Dominant 7

As a jazz musician, I love learning new jazz theory tricks to apply to my playing. While learning jazz language by ear should be the primary way we learn to play, conceptualizing different ideas through...
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