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Archive | August, 2011
Jazz chord nomenclature
This post is to deal with the commonly found symbols found in jazz; it is not exhaustive by any means. The term to refer to a system of symbols etc… is “nomenclature”. no·men·cla·ture [noh-muhn-kley-cher, -choor] –noun 1. [...]

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Is it is necessary to go to a college or a university in order to learn to be an accomplished musician?
By Bruce Chidester Many times I’m asked, “Is it is necessary to go to a college or a university in order to learn to be an accomplished musician”? I will try to explore as many [...]

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Terell Stafford, Daahoud transcription – free download!
Dear brass friends (and jazz musicians), One thing we must do to progress and improve our hearing and musical ability is to transcribe. Admittedly it is a bit of a daunting task, but little by [...]

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Pentatonic or Gin and Tonic?
Definitely partial to gin and cranberry juice with a slice of lime; it tastes like a Christmas tree. Don’t ask! Anyway.. We will be dealing with the major and minor pentatonic in this article. Five [...]

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Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm (review)
          “Certainly one for the fans of the music of Stan Kenton, or indeed the big band jazz genre.”           Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm Portrait of [...]

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How to prepare for a gig
So here’s a brief rundown – in 7 points – of the prep you should do before a gig. Give some wiggle room as some require different dress, or instruments. Regardless, there are some things [...]

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Don Sleet, The Hearing transcription – free download!
Don Sleet is a bit of an unknown, or at least a well hidden jazz trumpet player. In the interests of those interested I have transcribed his solo on “The Hearing” – you can download [...]

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How to locate key-centre areas in jazz
We are going to look at a little bit of theory in this article. Nothing heavy, just simplifying a standard tune with the following 3 tips. Locating key centres in jazz. 1. What is a [...]

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How to Prepare for Tour
A working brass player fulfills many roles in the modern music scene. Many players will be studio musicians and touring artists for one group on top of being a private teacher, solo performer, or composer [...]

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Scott Wendholt, Microcosm For Two transcription – free download!
The solo of Scott’s that I have transcribed (found below) is from a superb album called “Unearth” by a leading modern jazz guitarist, Jonathan Kreisberg. Scott plays some wonderful solos on this album, which is [...]

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