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Jazz Glide Progression with the help of Kenny Barron Voicing?

 Last week I showed how to play the Kenny Barron voicing how about below.

Here you can hear me play these voicing with my Band Blues Embassy

C  G  D  /  Eb  Bb  F

And I showed you how you can use it for major chords too – here’s C major 7 #4:

C  G  D  /  E  B  F#

But this week I want to show you a new type of chord progression that uses these 2 voicings:

Start by playing the C minor 11 voicing…

Now transpose all of your left hand notes down a half-step, while keeping your right hand the same – and play the chord again…

This time you’ll end up playing a B major 7 #4 (the major Kenny Barron voicing built from B):

It sounds smooth and sophisticated.

Next, play the B major 7 #4 chord that you just played – and this time transpose your right ha...

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Basic Music Composition Techniques pdf | Jazz Voicing Upper Structures

Free Composing Software

The best part is, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. In fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all. There is a great notation software program called musescore, and it is available for mac or pc for free. The sound is usually not the greatest, but you can also look for SF2 sound files on the internet and load them into the program.

Musescore
Sibelius First
ScoreCloud
Noteflight
Flat

And here are some free soundfonts. These can be used with Musescore to get a better sound out of the program:
http://nando.oui.com.br/pages/soundfonts.html
http://www.schristiancollins.com/generaluser.php

Upper structures, also called upper structure triads, are triads that have been superimposed above a tritone...

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Free jazz music downloads

Now, Free Jazz arose in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement, so as African-American people were fighting for freedom on the street, they were also fighting for freedom in music. So even the name ‘Free Jazz’ is a politically loaded term. Now, this isn’t a history lesson so I’m not going to bore you with the details, but you should always keep historical context in mind when listening to any kind of music. And it’s also worth saying that some people doubt whether true atonality can really exist, because if you listen hard enough you can always hear some kind of tonality or tonal centre, even if it’s with frequent modulations. But that’s a matter of contention which isn’t worth getting into here...

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what does the locrian mode sound like

Would you like to learn more about the locrian mode? This video will help.

In today’s tutorial I break down the theory, construction, and improvise tips to help you add the locrian scale into your bag of tricks.

The first thing to keep in mind when learning this mode is that it’s the 7th mode of the major scale.

This is usually where people start when learning more about modes.

But, often times people will do a weird shortcut in their brain where if they’re playing B locrian mode they often times just think C major scale.

The problem that comes in with this method of thought is you end up playing lines that don’t really sound great over half diminished chords.

It’s best to think of locrian as it’s own entity in itself.

In terms of music theory, I like to use this scale over half diminishe...

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How To Play Piano in a Jazz BIG Band (7 Steps)

Hi! Today I’m going to show you how you can play together with a big strap. And I’m talking about the jazz large-hearted bandings like the big ensemble that you’re hearing in the background. To play with a big stripe, to frolic piano in the big-hearted strap, is something that I think is really, really fun. It’s really exciting. It’s everything, but it can also be very challenging.

So here are “7 steps” or “7 tricks” that I think are quite essential to take into consideration when you play with the large-hearted party. Here we go. First occasion is that when you play together with a big party I suggest that you prepare yourself before you get to the first recital...

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Jazz Piano For Beginners || Tutorial #1: starting to improvise

This is the first in a knot of lessons I’m making on jazz forte-piano for amateurs. I’ve talked about jazz a little in the past, but I thought it would be good to make an easy succession like this that you can use if you’re just starting out. Every lesson is going to be based around a jazz forte-piano improvisation that you can play, starting very simple and simple, and getting a little more challenging with each seminar. To start with all we need to do is the simplest amateurs’ knowledge of the forte-piano. If you know about chords that’s cool and it’ll improve, but for now all you need to know is the names of the mentions on the piano keyboard – we’ll cover the jazz concepts and music hypothesi you need as “theres going”. OK, let’s look at this first improvisation...

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