2-5-1’s Part 4

The 2-5-1, possibly the most common harmonic device in all of jazz harmony. In this course we deconstruct and demystify the process of increasing your ability to improvise over it!

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2-5-1’s Part 1

The 2-5-1, possibly the most common harmonic device in all of jazz harmony. I this course we deconstruct and demystify the process of increasing your ability to improvise over it!

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Lessons from the road – London – Metric Modulation

I remember hearing things on records and thinking to myself I’d a) maybe never be able to play it and b) had no real way of even starting to understand where a phrase was coming from rhythmically. One of the most common metric modulation type rhythmic phrases I came across (and finally cracked the code to understanding it!) was four note cells grouped in triplet phrases. It even sounds complicated to write or read about, but it’s actually pretty simple and incredibly effective. Check out this video and don’t forget to download the sheet music below that accompanies the lesson.

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Lessons from the road – Rancho Mirage

Hello gang! This week I’m coming to you from the dry heat of the California desert out in Rancho Mirage. I got some down time to practice in the hotel room and shoot this video for you taking a look at a bunch of different things. This video includes looking at how a change in climate effects your playing (such as a the super dry air of the desert where I am right now) and also about how to create melodic ideas using a simple minor pentatonic scale.

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Using Pentatonics to create and release tension

Taking one of the most basic harmonic/melodic devices – a minor pentatonic scale – this lesson takes a look at creating and releasing tension, creating new melodic ideas, and making sure you’re setting realistic goals and not trying to learn too much in one go!

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Looking at the Details

So what started out as a lesson about where to find ideas for building vocabulary, this lesson ended up being about the small details within phrasing that can take you to the next level in terms of your ability to be in total creative control with your playing.

I take a three note phrase, and then break it up into tiny pieces (YES that’s totally possible!) and give you a bunch of phrasing options that I think are going to take your playing to the next level!

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Vocabulary – Holdsworth Diminished Sound

I was listening to some Alan Holdsworth recently, I think it might have been the song Tokyo Dream, but it was definitely something around that era. I got hooked on some diminished sounds that Alan was using, and decided it was time to stop putting off learning about because it’s technically difficult, and find a solution to the problem! so here it is, a look inside my process for not only transcribing a specific piece of music, but also for tackling things that I can’t execute right away.

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Odd Meters – 7/4 Groove – Part 1

Whether you’ve been playing in odd meters your whole life, or you’ve never done it before, there’s something for everyone in this lesson. Starting with some basic ideas for internalizing the time, and then using a few simple harmonic devices to navigate through the chord changes, you’ll be up and running playing in 7 in no time at all!

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Communication – Practicing with another musician

Jamming with other musicians is something that’s been at the forefront of my musical development. And from time to time I get to hang out with close friends who are also incredible musicians and swap ideas. I was down in Texas with my good friend Justin Vasquez working on a project and we decided to shed a little at the house one day. I rolled tape so you get a look inside that process. We’re trading back and forth over a groove I have in the looper, and playing off each others phrasing and ideas.

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Playing Over A Vamp

I’m guessing I’m not the only one who comes across a situation where the harmony isn’t moving that much, so here is a lesson on how to make that harmony interesting, give yourself way more options to create melodies, and make it sound like there is actually more going on harmonically than there actually is…

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Phrasing – Michael Brecker

To me Michael Brecker was one of the true masters of phrasing and time. In this lesson I take a look at a specific phrase from Mike’s solo on “Bye George” from the album “Two Blocks from the Edge”, and work on ways of taking a single phrase out of a transcription and working it into your playing.

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