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“Tune Up” is a great tune that was made popular by Miles Davis. Though Miles is credited for writing the tune, Eddie Vinson is believed to have written it, possibly for Miles Davis. Some Real Books and lead sheets disagree with each other for the changes in bars 13-16. The changes provided below were lifted off of Miles Davis’ “Cookin'”.

This tune is most commonly played in D Major, but the changes also move to C major and Bb major.

Because “Tune Up” moves through 3 different tonal centers, this tune is a great for budding jazz musicians to start learning how to approach playing ii-V-Is in different keys. To practice the ii-V-I chord progression click here: Chord Progression Study: ii-V7-I-VI7

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for 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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