Due out in April 2018 on Shifting Paradigm Records
THE NOTET silent d
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I’m happy to announce the forthcoming release of a collective quartet I’m a part of this April on Shifting Paradigm Records. THE NOTET silent d was recorded over several sessions […]
New lightweight mahogany tele with maple top from USA Custom—finish by Starr Guitars. Pickups are Harmonic Design and Callaham hardware. I got this tele to play jazz on and am really […]
Lesson 11 • Motivic Playing on Giant Steps Part II Here’s the rest of the Giant Steps exercise, again with the emphasis on rhythmic motifs. While you’re at it, check out some […]
Lesson Ten • Motivic Playing on Giant Steps As discussed in the last lesson, a well-conceived solo usually consists of about 70% melodic ideas and 30% running eighth note lines. This means […]
Lesson Nine • Developing Rhythmic Accuracy One important aspect of improvising is maintaining rhythmic interest. A well-conceived solo consists of about 70% melodic ideas and 30% running eighth note lines. To have […]
Lesson Eight • Reharmonizing with ii-7 V7s from the Diminished Scale Last time out, we isolated four minor tetrachords found within the Diminished Scale. This lesson uses this material to give […]
I just got a new download of a record that I, and many folks of my generation, wore out completely back in the day: Elvin Jones Live at the Lighthouse. […]
I mean, this is getting ridiculous. How many cool voicings can you get from one scale. Like, save some for other scales, dude.
If you just take the same scale, find a cool voicing and then just move up to the next scale tones you get more exceptionally cool voicings. It’s almost like […]
If after playing this chord you think to yourself “these notes are just the next steps up an A myxolydian scale from the previous COTW,” you’d be soooo right.
Here is a cool voicing for A13. You can play a big fat open A on the bottom also. Or maybe a big fat open E and call it E-9.
Since a humanoid can never have too many ways to play an altered Db13 voicing, here is yet another. No root on this puppy either.
We continue with more ways to play Db13+4. This one doesn’t have a root, but if you play it an a chord progression you can give it a home.
Again, by special request, a chord that shows up fairly often, but can present a mystery. Notice that in the voicing for Db13+4 or (+11) there is no Db. Leave […]
By special request, this month I’ll be answering the age-old question: “Where can I find a Job?” Not really. I will, conversely, answer a question about how to play voicings […]
The Cluster is back… and this time it’s MOVABLE!