Music-theory

Garzone Chromaticism for Improvisation

There are many ways that you can take chromaticism and incorporate it into your playing. In the last blog, we gave an introduction to chromaticism and how to begin practicing it. In this one, we're going to wrap that all up by providing you with...

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Podcast #38 - Coltrane Changes

As a new jazz player, it can be tempting to want to jump into Giant Steps, a pillar of jazz music, and expect to be just fine! However, Coltrane changes are challenging if don't know how to approach them.In this podcast, I give you a crash course...

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Podcast #37 - Numbering Chords in a Tune to Transpose with Ease

It can be tough when you're out at a gig or jam session and someone calls a tune... and wait! It's a singer, and they need you to accompany them in a different key. The chords start flying around in your head as you fumble to think of how you're...

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Chord Theory: The Difference Between a 6 chord and Major 6th Chord

Major 6th versus 6th chords overview: The 6th chord is a major triad with an added 6th. Usually functions as the I chord. The major 6th chord is a maj7 chord with an added 6th or 13th. Usually functions as the I chord. Dominant chords with 6th...

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How to Learn 96 Jazz Guitar Voicings

A jazz guitar voicing is a specific arrangement of the notes of a chord. The most basic jazz guitar chord voicings are called Drop 2 and Drop 3. These were used by guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and countless others. This lesson will...

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Jazz Guitar for Rock Guitarists

Speaking from personal experience, jazz guitar seemed like rocket science coming from the rock world. This isn't a knock on rock, because I think there's also a lot that jazz players can learn from rock players, but it was a wake-up call all the...

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