The ‘Tetrachord’ – Part 1

May 8, 2019

An excerpt from Chris McNulty’s Vocalist As Complete Musician – VCM.

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Examining Bill Evans’ Solo from ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’

January 4, 2019

An analysis of the Bill Evans solo on “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, from the Intermodulation album with Jim Hall on guitar.

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Frank Caruso’s Improvisational Devices on ‘Without a Song’

September 5, 2018

Caruso’s rendition takes this composition and gives it a very different flavor, changing the key and feel of the tune.

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“Maiden Voyage” and the Mixolydian Mode

May 7, 2018

When I have asked students, “What is the Mixolydian mode?” they usually tell me that it is the major scale where you flat the 7th.This would be the wrong answer, however. It is the mode within a major scale that starts on the 5th degree and the chord it would produce is the dominant 7th […]

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Coming Into Your Own

January 15, 2018

In this article, we will hear from and see how some Jazz masters have journeyed through, and have had much to say about the process of “finding your own voice”.

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Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman

November 30, 2017

By Stephen Rush A Definition of Harmolodics: The Shape of Jazz to Come Harmolodics is about race. It is about human equality. Equality of tones is about race. Consider this exchange from page 128: Stephen: This constraint on civilization and the constraint on music is going to cause an end to jazz? Ornette: I know […]

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The Imitation Game

September 5, 2017

How Do We Learn to Improvise?

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Improvisation Tactics for the Aspiring Jazz Player

March 20, 2017

Melodic Minor Modes

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Approaching Altered Sounds

December 13, 2016

Using a one-octave major scale as a resource to introduce the “outside” sounds.

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Road Map to Latin Jazz Style Interpretation

September 6, 2016

A step-by-step method for finding a more specific Latin style solution from the jungle of possibilities.

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