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You see, the secret to improving with standards doesn’t lie in making long lists, spending hours memorizing chord progressions, and then trying your best to conjure up melodic lines. …because when it’s your turn to solo, a memorized set of chord symbols or knowing there’s a D7 chord in the sixth bar is not going […]

The post Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: Major to Parallel Minor appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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This situation happens to everyone, especially in the first few years of learning how to improvise jazz. It’s a part of the game and everyone goes through it. Just as you build your understanding of how chord changes function and how they sound, learning to keep track of where you are within the chord changes […]

The post Never Get Lost in the Chord Changes Again: How to hear form, signposts, and anticipate chords appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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Compared to major harmony, everyone seems to get totally lost when it comes to minor harmony. It’s as if their teacher said…Ok, here’s The Dorian mode…now you’re all set when it comes to minor…But there’s so much more to minor harmony…in fact, there’s a whole way that chords FUNCTION in a minor key! Like most […]

The post Everything You Don’t Know About Minor Harmony in Jazz appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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…and truth be told, this is something that took me a long time to understand. For years I thought that memorizing more chords, more progressions, and more tunes would change the way I improvised. I actually believed that something magical was going to happen to my playing when I memorized 100 tunes! Unfortunately all of […]

The post Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: The I to IV Relationship appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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An intermediate jazz improviser knows how to utilize language…but how can you start this transition to intermediate and take your progress with jazz language to the next level? Well as a beginner, when you start to acquire jazz language, the first lines you study are usually quite basic, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. […]

The post Intermediate jazz improvisation: 5 Exercises to boost your jazz language appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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The same words are used in prestigious music schools, in weekly private lessons, and in practice rooms around the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re learning a melody, analyzing a phrase, or improvising a solo… Everything important in the musical universe can be boiled down to a perfect mix of these four elements. …or so […]

The post Why The Way You’re Thinking About Music Could Be Holding You Back appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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The truth is everyone knows this feeling because we’re creatures of habit. We find the path of least resistance, get locked into a routine, and go on autopilot without even realizing it. The problem is that the same thing happens with music – especially improvisation… We play solos and unconsciously use the same rhythms. We rely […]

The post Expand Your Creativity In Any Solo With These 3 Simple Techniques appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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Today, with the production of The Charlie Parker Omnibook it’s easier than ever to get your hands on transcribed Charlie Parker solos. Published in all keys, it circulates practice rooms and jazz schools world wide. This book has become a mainstay in jazz education. And like me, you’ve probably played out of this book many times […]

The post The Powerful Rhythmic Principles of Charlie Parker appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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Not exactly the creative musical experience you imagined. So how do you break the endless cycle of staring at chord progressions and thinking about scales? How do you actually start creating long melodic lines with shape and musical impact?? This is the million dollar question that every musician wants to know.  You’ve probably realized by […]

The post 9 Jazz Standards That’ll Boost Your Melodic Skills appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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In fact, some of the most important and downright essential concepts for learning this music (practice, ear training, technique) were often passed over with a few words: “Make sure you can hear those changes. Get that line together in all keys. You gotta know your intervals. Just play what you hear!”  Solid advice with good intentions, but starkly […]

The post Master the Transcription Process: A Step-by-Step Guide to Learning from the Pros appeared first on Jazz Advice.

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