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Understanding Coltrane Changes Part 3

In Understanding Coltrane Changes Part 1 I talked about the Three Tonic System and Four Tonic System and how Coltrane used these to create different formulaic cycles.  We took a look at two of his iconic...

The “Mixo-Dorian Blues Scale” for Blues Soloing

Many band directors arm their beginning jazz students with the Blues scale and unleash them on the unsuspecting jazz world.  Sometimes the students haven't even heard of Miles Davis, but they can blow that blues...

The “Secret” Scale to Unlock 2-5-1 Chord Progressions

Most of the time, II-V-I’s are taught as a set of discrete modes or as a collection of related modes derived from a single parent scale. We’re told the II-7 chord corresponds to a...
How to Improvise Over Inner Urge by Joe Henderson

How to Improvise Over “Inner Urge”

Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge” from his iconic 1965 record also entitled Inner Urge is one of the most frequently called tunes at jam sessions when jazz musicians want to play a fast and challenging...

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