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Scale Mapping Jazz Standards to Create Solos (Stella by Starlight)

Using scales can be a really great way to start mapping out the note choices you have available to you over jazz standards so that you can start taking...
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Bebop Melody Over It Could Happen to You

When I was a beginner jazz improviser, one of the main things I wanted to accomplish was to be able to hear the chord changes come out in my...
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Mastering a Jazz Blues Will Help You CRUSH Jazz Improv

Believe me when I say it, mastering a jazz blues will give you an unfair advantage of all of the rest of jazz improv. If you...
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Hip Bebop Blues Lick and Analysis

As jazz musicians, I believe it is important that we are proficient at playing a jazz blues. And I believe there are 3 pillars of...
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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues

It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that's really where jazz is...
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Playing the Changes Using Target Notes

When I was a beginner jazz improviser, the thing that I wanted more than anything else was to be able to play the changes. In...
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ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz

My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make things too complicated. We give ourselves too...
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Improvise Using Music Theory OR by Ear?

One common question I get is, should I ever have to improvise using music theory or should I do it mainly by learning stuff by ear? Jazz solos, licks,...
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4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique

One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for you to act and react in the...
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Intro to Improvising Over Jazz Standards

Let's face it. Improvising over jazz standards will not be the easiest thing you've ever done in your life. Especially if you are a beginner, or someone trying to...

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