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Focus Session

  • What Are the Rules? A Guide Tone Exercise

    Christian Wissmuller | September 16, 2021As we live our lives, we abide by rules we establish for ourselves. Some rules a young person might have would be: Do your homework on time; Do not be late for class – and so on. Rules are guidelines and tools. As with most things, in learning to improvise it is wise to establish […] Read More...
  • Creating Intervallic Phrases on Guitar Using Pedal Tone and Slide Patterns

    Jazzed Magazine | April 20, 2021A Focus Session looking at Intervallic Phrasing. Read More...
  • Learning to Play Ghosted Notes, the Cannonball Trill, and the Texas Wobble to Enhance Jazz Saxophone Performance

    Jazzed Magazine | November 30, 2020Many jazz saxophonists also use other special techniques which add a great deal of expressiveness and excitement to their performance Read More...
  • Jazz Pedagogy: Learning to Play Using Authentic Jazz Articulations

    Jazzed Magazine | February 17, 2020How to teach musicians to correctly articulate in a jazz swing style. Read More...
  • Developing a Great Jazz Vibrato

    Jazzed Magazine | October 21, 2019Vibrato is a technique used by most advanced musicians to add expression to the music, improve intonation and allow notes to have a singing quality. Read More...
  • The ‘Tetrachord’ – Part 2

    Jazzed Magazine | August 28, 2019The following is an excerpt from Chris McNulty’s Vocalist As Complete Musician... Read More...
  • The ‘Tetrachord’ – Part 1

    Jazzed Magazine | May 8, 2019An excerpt from Chris McNulty’s Vocalist As Complete Musician – VCM. Read More...
  • Examining Bill Evans’ Solo from ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’

    Jazzed Magazine | January 4, 2019An analysis of the Bill Evans solo on “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, from the Intermodulation album with Jim Hall on guitar. Read More...
  • Frank Caruso’s Improvisational Devices on ‘Without a Song’

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2018Caruso’s rendition takes this composition and gives it a very different flavor, changing the key and feel of the tune. Read More...
  • “Maiden Voyage” and the Mixolydian Mode

    Jazzed Magazine | May 7, 2018When 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 […] Read More...
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