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What was Minstrelsy?

September 6, 2016

Anyone who has ever taken a course in jazz history has come across this fascinating topic, along with dance music referred to as “cakewalk.”

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Three-Horn Writing for the Jazz Sextet

April 8, 2016

by Pete McGuinness The three-horn front line in jazz small groups has had many historical triumphs. Famous groups such as the many Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Benny Golson and The Jazztet, and the Horace Silver “Cape Verdean Blues” LP ensemble come to mind. The various composer-arrangers of these and other important sextets found ways of […]

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Dominant Chords: Improvisational Dominance

February 5, 2015

Several approaches to dominant chords in improvisation.

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Basic Training: The Pentatonic Scale

December 3, 2014

Pentatonic Scale Use for Vocalists

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A Process to Jazz Improvisation

October 24, 2014

How do we go about becoming spontaneous improvisers?

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Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III

January 6, 2014

Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III

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Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part II

December 17, 2013

Continuing our look at using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition

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Rhythmic Analysis: Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – ‘Housed From Edward’

March 28, 2012

Analyzing various rhythmic devices can generate various compositional and arranging ideas.

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Latin Music – A Primer

January 9, 2012

Anyone who loves music, studies it and plays it for a living knows there are no shortcuts to learn. Only life-long commitment and lots of practice to get better. If you are new to Latin music, you probably have already discovered that there are a number of differences when it comes down to how this music is “felt” as well as played.

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Basic Training: Syncopation

December 1, 2011

Melodic Syncopation Part 1

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