Category Archives: Jazz Articles

Altered Scale – A Simple How To Guide

Are you curious how to use the altered scale? Are your dominant chords getting a bit boring? Do you wish you knew some more interesting scales to use over them? Well, in today’s jazz scale lesson I’m going to teach you a very cool sounding scale you can play over your dominant chords. This scale…

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5 Recommended Recordings That Have Made Me A Better Jazz Musician

You’ve heard the common phrase, You are what you eat before right? Well, when you’re learning to play jazz you are what you listen to! If you want to learn this style of music you’ve got to listen to the right music! So, today I’m going to talk about some recommended jazz albums that helped me…

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How to Play Jazz Piano – A Beginners Guide

Alright, so how do you really learn jazz piano.  Let’s dig in and really begin to answer how to play jazz piano. Since I started this site I’ve received numerous emails from readers asking me the best way to learn jazz piano and get started learning jazz as a beginner. My Learn Jazz Piano Journey…

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Tritone Substitution – The Ultimate Guide

Check out this cool tritone substitution tutorial: In this video I’m going to teach you how to play a tritone substitution. We all know how important the II-V-I chord progression is to jazz music. It’s used in thousands of jazz standards. Now, it a beautiful sounding chord progression but sometimes in order to not sound…

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What Do You Struggle With The Most When Playing Jazz?

Hello readers! For today’s jazz post I’d like to start a very important discussion with you guys. One that should have taken place along time ago. If you are reading this article you have no doubt a love and passion for learning jazz and improvised music. Playing jazz is an unbelievably rewarding journey. Learning such…

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7 Tips To Help You Play Better At Fast Tempos

Do you have trouble playing well at faster tempos? Do you feel like you just can’t execute your ideas as clearly as you’d like? Do you sound good at slower tempos but the second the tempo starts getting up there your jazz improvisation starts to suffer? If you answered yes, (which most musicians probably will) there…

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Ear Training: 4 Guaranteed Ways to Turbo-Charge Your Ears

This is a guest post by Doron Orenstein from the bestsaxophonewebsiteever.com When it comes down to it, great jazz improvisation requires a great ear. Otherwise, we end up doing what Jamey Aebersold refers to as “letting our fingers do the walking.” Without a properly developed ear, instead of creating music that’s truly unique, authentic, and powerful,…

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An Essential Tool To Help You Learn Jazz

What if you could take a jazz piano lesson with Bill Evans?  How about a trumpet lesson with Miles Davis? What if we could study advanced jazz piano improvisation techniques with Chick Corea? Or imagine what it’d be like taking a piano for beginners class, taught by Duke Ellington Unfortunately, these great masters have long since passed…

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