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A Beginner’s Guide to Playing Jazz

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 information out there, it can be overwhelming. In fact,...

12 Easy ii-V-I Licks

Practicing ii-V-I licks is an incredibly important thing for jazz musicians, especially in the early stages, but can still be beneficial at any stage of development. The ii-V-I is one of the most common chord...
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5 Jazz Chord Substitutions You Need to Know

One of the prominent characteristics of jazz music is its rich harmonic language. Not only does jazz utilize the full spectrum of diatonic harmonic movement, it includes modal harmony, and also a slew of...
Eight I-VI-ii-V-I Licks

Eight I-VI-ii-V-I Licks

Learning jazz language is one of the most important things we can do as jazz musicians. Learning licks, or little musical phrases and ideas, can be a great way to learn vocabulary and help you...
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Why You Should Learn Jazz By Ear and Not Sheet Music

When it comes to learning jazz standards, solos and licks, there isn’t a wrong or right way. But there is the easy way and the better way. The easy way is just to buy some...
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Chord Progression Workout: ii7-V7-Imaj7

The ii7-V7-Imaj7 is an important chord progression in jazz music, and any music for that matter. Thousands of tunes utilize this set of chord changes, and so being able to improvise on them is...

9 Rhythm Changes Heads to Learn

When studying jazz, it is important to learn lots of jazz standards. Why? Because these songs are the vehicles on which jazz musicians learn how to improvise. It is the common repertoire that jazz...

Bebop Blues Lick in all 12 Keys

  Practice this bebop blues lick in all 12 keys. As a jazz musician, it's important to have a good handle on the blues and know how to improvise over it well. This lick incorporates blues...
Chord Progression Workouts

Chord Progression Workouts

This is the complete list of all of our Chord Progression Workouts.  These exercises help you practice important chord progressions you will find in jazz repertoire.  Each workout includes a play-along to help you...

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...

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