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Understanding Lead Sheet Notation

What is Lead Sheet Notation?   If you have any experience performing jazz, or any other style of popular music, […]

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Famous Piano Players: 6 Innovative Players from Different Genres

The piano is an instrument that has altered music in monumental ways. Invented in Italy at the beginning of the […]

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Beginning Jazz Piano: Getting Started with Chords and Lead Sheets

Without a doubt, jazz music is one of the great American art forms. Jazz music has changed and informed the […]

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Soloing Over “Autumn Leaves”

“Autumn Leaves” is one of those standards that everyone knows. It’s one of the first standards that every jazz student […]

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Soloing Over Rhythm Changes

Though his career was relatively short, George Gershwin is remembered as one of the most prolific composers of the 20th […]

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Soloing Over Blues Changes

As is the case with all of my articles, I feel obligated to start by saying that the following information […]

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Jazz Scales: The Augmented Scale

The Augmented Scale Last time, we talked about the blues scale and how it is often the first “jazz” scale […]

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Jazz Scales: The Blues Scale

The Blues Scale Every now and then, I’ll meet a fellow musician, or read an interview with a popular jazz […]

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Jazz Scales: The Altered Scale

The Altered Scale   When we listen to, study, or discuss music from a compositional or improvisational standpoint, we frequently […]

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Jazz Scales: The Whole Tone Scale

If you happen to be a fan of classical music from the Impressionist Period on, then you’ve definitely heard the […]

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