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Understanding Coltrane Changes Part 2

In the last lesson we took an in-depth look at Coltrane Changes and how they work. We talked about two types of systems that...

Understanding Coltrane Changes Part 1

Coltrane Changes. If you've been playing jazz for a while and have really gotten deep into it, you've probably had to confront them.  At some...
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5 Useful Licks from the Diminished Scale (Part 2)

Did you know that you can play any diminished lick over 8 different chords? This video demonstrates the same diminished lick over 8 different chords! This video...

6 Alternatives to the V7 chord

Learning about the V7 chord and how it functions within a major or minor key is very important, but sometimes we want a different...

Secrets of the Diminished Scale

There are 12 major scales. It would seem to follow there are 12 of any other type of scale,  one for each chromatic note....

Using Scales to Approach Tritone Substitution

Yesterday I gave some detailed examples of common places you can use a tritone substitution, including some tunes that use tritone substitution in different ways....

Understanding Tritone Substitution

For some reason the term "Tritone Substitution" makes some musicians freeze up with terror.  While tritone substitution sounds like a tricky concept at first,...

ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout

This is our ii-V-I (With Tritone Sub) Chord Progression Workout in our our series of Chord Progression Workouts. The difference between this progression and...

“Mixo-Dorian Blues” Scale for Bass Clef Instruments

Recently, I published an article about the "Mixo-Dorian Blues" Scale, which combines the Mixolydian and Dorian Modes with the Blues Scale to make one...

36 Important Scales You Must Know

Recently I did a post about the 3 Most Important Jazz Scales for Beginning Improvisers.   To summarize, the most important scales to learn...

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