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Learning to Play Ghosted Notes, the Cannonball Trill, and the Texas Wobble to Enhance Jazz Saxophone Performance

November 30, 2020

Many jazz saxophonists also use other special techniques which add a great deal of expressiveness and excitement to their performance

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Jazz Pedagogy: Learning to Play Using Authentic Jazz Articulations

February 17, 2020

How to teach musicians to correctly articulate in a jazz swing style.

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Developing a Great Jazz Vibrato

October 21, 2019

Vibrato is a technique used by most advanced musicians to add expression to the music, improve intonation and allow notes to have a singing quality.

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The ‘Tetrachord’ – Part 2

August 28, 2019

The following is an excerpt from Chris McNulty’s Vocalist As Complete Musician…

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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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