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How to Navigate Autumn Leaves

One of the most popular jazz standards of all time is "Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma. It's often one of the first jazz standards that aspiring jazz musicians learn to play and for many...

Melodic Minor Soloing Over Minor ii-V-i

Soloing over a minor iim7b5-V7-i progression is often played with either melodic minor harmony or harmonic minor harmony. Some musicians prefer the melodic minor sound, while others prefer using the harmonic minor sound. I...
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9 Ways To Use The Minor Pentatonic Scale

The video above is based on the lesson below. The minor pentatonic scale is a fairly well-known scale, and I imagine many of you have used it before. However, I find that many musicians think about...
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St. Thomas Sonny Rollins Solo Transcription

This is one of the greatest solos of all time!  I've always loved this solo, but when I started transcribing it I noticed how perfect it is.  Each idea logically flows into the next,...
Step-by-Step Guide for Becoming a Great Jazz Improviser

Jazz Improvisation Made Simple: A Step-By-Step Guide

You and I are not that different. We both want to become better jazz improvisers. We both have a passion for jazz music and we daydream about taking killer solos the next time we...

Ear Training 101: Take the Intervals Test

One of the most important things for a jazz musician (or any musician) to develop is their ears. Improvisation requires the ability to create melodic and rhythmic ideas on the fly, and in order...

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, it's actually not that complicated.  Let's start with a basic...
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How to Improvise Over All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is a popular jazz standard by Jerome Kern, and is one of those songs that every jazz musician needs to know. It's often called at jam sessions and gigs and has...

How to Improvise Over “All of Me”

All of Me was written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simon in 1931 and has subsequently become one of the most recorded songs from that era. Popular versions of All of Me were immortalized...
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21 Quick-fire Jazz Skills to Practice Today

Not sure what to practice? Perhaps you just feel lost and unsure of what things a jazz musician should be working on to improve their jazz improvisation skills. Or maybe there is just so much...

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