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Whisper Not

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“Whisper Not” is a tune written by Benny Golson. Art Blakey used this tune while Golson was a member of the Jazz Messengers. Be sure to check out the recording of the Jazz Messengers playing this tune. I would recommend using this recording to learn the song. Things you should look out for are hits during the melody, a shout chorus after the solos and a tag ending. These three things are often dismissed or overlooked but are very important parts of this composition.

An example would be ending the song tagging the last four bars of the A section. I have seen this mistake happen at jam sessions, however the ending needs to be there in order to stay true to Benny Golson’s composition. It is definitely worth doing your homework in order to get this tune right!

Videos to learn the melody/changes

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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."


  1. perdon se necesitaba un espacio como el que ustedes tienen para valorizar lo bueno del jazz un abrazo desde lima peru


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