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Moment’s Notice

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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“Moment’s Notice” is a tune written by the great tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. It was recorded on his famous 1957 record “Blue Train”. This composition in some ways foreshadows the music that Coltrane would later write. It features fast-moving, harmonic changes. Coltrane would later further develop these concepts on tunes such as “Giant Steps” and “26-2”.
When learning this tune, pay attention to the intro as it is part of the song. Be sure to listen to the original recording to learn the hits and rhythmic figures used during the melody. These are very important to the tune. Some of these chromatically shifting key centers can make blowing over the form a little bit difficult, so this one is definitely worth spending some time on.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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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