cadences

Cadences

To someone listening without a background in theory, music can often sound like a series of disjointed occurrences that have […]

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bebop scale

Jazz Scales: The Bebop Scale

I’ve practiced many hours in my life. Absolutely no doubt I’ve passed the popularly theorized (although subsequently debunked, sort of) […]

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chord substitution

Chord Substitution

If you’re a songwriter, you might find yourself getting stuck in the frustrating routine of writing the same boring chord […]

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jazz guitar

Jazz Scales: The Pentatonic Scale

Pentatonic Scale The pentatonic scale gets a bad rap sometimes. Maybe because it’s simple; far from the most complex scale. […]

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piano music theory

Piano Music Theory

If you’re a pianist interested in learning music theory, you’re in luck. The piano and every other instrument featuring a […]

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chord extensions

Chord Extensions

Music as we know it simply wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for chord extensions. Every type of music […]

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syncopated rhythms

Syncopated Rhythms

When a song gets stuck in your head, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly makes it so catchy. […]

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circle of fifths

Circle of Fifths

Some people like to think of music as being colors, shapes, or tastes. Personally, I prefer to think of it […]

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rhythm notation 4/4 time

Rhythm Notation: Learning to Read Basic Rhythms

Something I find myself telling my students over and over again is that before anything else, they’re rhythm players. I […]

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accidentals in music

Accidentals In Music: What They Are and How They Work

The word “accidentals” is sort of a misnomer within the world of music. When most people think about accidents, they […]

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