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Lesson 27: Guide Tones [CL27]

Guide tones are a jazz accompanist’s best friend – they give just enough of an idea of how a chord (or progression) sounds to the soloist / melodic instrument by outlining the basic 7th chord structure in this manner: See below for basic guide tone voicings in two positions (roots 5 and…

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Jazz Standard Lesson 6: Autumn Leaves [JS6]

Introduction Why did we choose this as our first JGL Jazz Standard? A few reasons – it was the most commonly asked for standard in recent surveys, it was the 2nd jazz tune I learned at school (‘Sugar’, a minor- blues tune, was the first!), it is easy to learn the melody and chords and it…

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Lesson 13: JGL Chord Compendium 3 – Suspended Chord Voicings [FL13]

In this lesson, the third in our series of ‘Chord Compendiums’ we examine the Suspended Chord with common sus4, sus7, sus9, 11, 11(b9) and sus13(b9) voicing. FINGERING: In terms of fingering, I will occasionally use my neck-hand thumb to play lower notes (most often the root) in order to…

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Masterclass Lesson 5: Modal Vamp Approaches [ML5]

Here we investigate different approaches to improvising over static or non-progressional harmony.There are a few points related to common form ‘vamps or modal’ tunes that we should understand if we are to improvise well. 1. The written (valid) chord usually does not change for many bars.…

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Masterclass Lesson 7: Odd Meter – Night and Day [ML7]

A fast 7/8 Latin with a fairly straight ahead ‘bebop’ head arrangement and improvising sections. Emphasis is given to soloing using long 8th note lines based on 7/4 pulse groupings that created ‘comfortable’ phrases linearly across the barline, firstly between sets of two bars and…

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Technique Builder 9: C Harmonic Minor – 7th arps 2 8ves Root 5 [TB9]

Now we examine the harmony of the Harmonic Minor scale using tertian steps (3rd intervals – i.e. play a note, skip a note) from this diatonic system to create a 7th arpeggio in its root position. We then complete the octave step and begin the arpeggio from its second octave position which…

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Swing Comping 3: Major 6th to Diminished 7th Chord Sequence [CCL3]

In this video, part of a series of 4, we look at how we might comp chord voicings that ‘move’ between the tonic major chord (Cma6 in this case) and the Dom7 V chord, as represented by a G7(b9). Preparation: In order to prepare for the lesson, first study and be able to comp this simple,…

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