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2019 20 ways Where can I find inspiration for music?

Yes. In this post I’m going to share 20 ways below that you can find inspiration for your music.

The Creation Phase
Let’s say you’re cooking dinner tonight.
The first thing you do is gather and prepare ingredients.
Maybe you chop some onions, prepare a stock, marinade some meat
This is the creation phase of cooking your meal.
In the world of music production, it’s creating and finding your core ideas. Your ingredients:
melodies, drum sounds, vocal hooks/phrases, chord progressions, and so forth

1. Take a night out. 

2. Base your song around visuals. Photos and visual art are great sources of inspiration for music.

3. Mix two ideas together. Good songs always have a minimum of two ideas. Example: festival type energy & mellow breakdown.

4. Listen to the best music you know. It sho...

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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.

Sibelius First

And here are some free soundfonts. These can be used with Musescore to get a better sound out of the program:

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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Jazz Improvisation – Guide Tones

Align:start hi guys so in this video I wanted to hi guys so in this video I wanted to hi guys so in this video I wanted to discuss guide tones and why they’re discuss guide tones and why they’re discuss guide tones and why they’re important now a guide tone is the 3rd important now a guide tone is the 3rd important now a guide tone is the 3rd and the 7th of any chord or the court and the 7th of any chord or the court and the 7th of any chord or the court that you currently on on a given song or that you currently on on a given song or that you currently on on a given song or chord progression so for example if chord progression so for example if chord progression so for example if you’re on the chord C major 7 your guide you’re on the chord C major 7 your guide you’re on the chord C maj...

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Modern Jazz – Tonal vs Modal Harmony

Hi guys, So, I thought I’d make a series of lessons about Modern Jazz Theory. Now Modern Jazz Theory can be described as the gradual rejection and reshaping of traditional music theory. So, in these videos I’m going to go through how Jazz moved away from your more traditional music theory towards more exotic and avant-garde music theory. So, essentially, how Jazz moved from Tonality, which is the more traditional Jazz, into Modality, which is Modal Jazz, and then all the way through into atonality, which is more your Free Jazz. And just as a pedantic aside, Free Jazz is not necessarily atonal, but rather this is just a broad generalization of a general trend of Jazz moving away from tonality into atonality, as it moves towards Free Jazz...

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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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Post-bop Explained

Ok, so one thing you need to know about Post-bop, is that Post-bop is weird. By the mid-1 960′ s the rise of Free Jazz had shaken the foundation of Jazz. So mainstream jazz had to somehow find a way to answer the avant-garde; and that answer was a genre called Post-bop. Now, Post-bop mixes elements of Bebop, Hard-bop, Modal and Free Jazz without undoubtedly being any one of those wordings. And Post-bop was more or less invented by Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet. So a lot of what I’m going to say here reports directly to this group. Now, I’ve got a separate video on Free Jazz which you can watch, but virtually Free Jazz was a reaction to Traditional Tonal Jazz, like Bebop. So Traditional Tonal Jazz utilized diatonic chords, functional chord advances, and was in a diatonic key...

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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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