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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 14: ii V to the IV

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

As we get into identifying some of the common progressions (so you can learn to hear them), we’re gonna start with one of the most common moves.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 13:Turnarounds

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Now let’s get into learning to identify some of the most common harmonic movements in a jazz tune. First up: The Turnaround. What it is, what it sounds like, and a few of the most common variations.

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Practical Jazz Theory For Drummers, Part 12: Minor Keys

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

I want to touch on minor keys briefly so you know what to look for that is different than major keys.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 11: Tonicization

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Tonicization. That’s a mouthful. Basically, it’s how and why there are so many chord changes in jazz songs. Understanding – and hearing – changes as setting up and resolving to different places allows us to phrase around them. That’s what the horn player and pianist and bassist are doing. So should we.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 10: Resolutions

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Now let’s order all these chords in a manner that tells a story. You might recognize some of the “lingo” I use, because your jazz musician buddies say these all the time. Now you’ll know that they are talking about. And can start to hear them yourselves.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 9: Alterations

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Here’s a short lesson on what all those little things like “b9” “#11” and “b13” mean, and how important they are.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 8: 4-Note Chords

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Performance | 0 comments

Here’s where it gets jazzy. Once jazz composers stared adding 7ths onto every chord is when the jazz language took on a life of its own.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 7: Chords of the Major Scale

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Let’s put our knowledge of Keys/Modes together with our understanding of 3-note chords to build a chord off every major scale. (Probably the most important piece to understanding jazz harmony).

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 6: 3-Note Chords

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

All those big, crunchy jazz chords we hear are based on the same fundamental structures: 3-notes chords. Learning these makes learning those big ones far less scary.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers, Part 3: The Major Scale (& why it’s so important)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Let’s break down how to create a major scale, but more importantly, I’m going to explain why it is the Single Most Important element in understanding jazz harmony.

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Practical Jazz Theory for Drummers Introduction

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

This course will walk you through the fundamentals of jazz theory and harmony, and help you understand what is going on in jazz standards so you won’t get lost, so you’ll be able to shape and phrase on a whole new level.

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Understanding Form: AABA

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Performance | 0 comments

Hopefully you’re starting to feel good about hearing different ways to approach the Blues form. Now let’s dive into a more complicated form (and some of its common variations)

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