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Ab Rhythm Changes

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This is Ab Rhythm Changes. It is an uncommon key for Rhythm Changes, however, practicing in this key will help train your ear to hear these changes better. Dizzy Gillespie’s Dizzy Atmosphere is in Ab.

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Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


  1. You may want to note that, though generally a rhythm tune, Dizzy Atmosphere uses a different bridge progression than notated on your changes:


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