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All Blues

If you want to crush it as a jazz improviser, knowing how to improvise over a blues inside and out will give you an unfair advantage.

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“All Blues”  was written by Miles Davis for his 1959 best-selling record, “Kind Of Blue”. It is a 12 bar blues with a V7 to bVI7 to V7 turnaround, a signature of this tune.  Make sure to listen to the original recording and consider the arrangement. The signature bass line is another vital part of the tune. Be sure to learn it verbatim from the original recording on Kind Of Blue. It’s also important to consider the “vibe” or the attitude that Miles Davis’ band exudes on the recording. There is nothing wrong with approaching this tune like a blues.  However, consider the way that they play it on the recording, as they do not necessarily approach it as a typical blues.

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Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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