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Mike Stern Chord Transcription: Like Someone in Love (pt.2)

As promised, here is the second part of “Like Someone in Love” Transcription from Mike Stern’s album Standards and other Songs. You may say to yourself, “Self, why did Rob make a separate post to the outro of the transcription?”. … Continue reading

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Pat Metheny Chord Melody Transcription: James

Happy New Year! I thought I would kick off the new year with a long overdue post to my blog. After a very tough year, I have resolved to pick myself up and have another go at posting information that … Continue reading

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Mike Stern Chord Transcription: Like Someone in Love

Funny how when you get older, it is a lot easier to look back and pinpoint events that changed your life. I was performing with a big band in Japan, and picked up the Mike Stern CD, Standards and other … Continue reading

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Barney Kessel Chord Melody & Chord Solo: Satin Doll

For about a year I had Barney Kessel’s album “The Poll Winners” stuck in my Volkswagen Rabbit’s auto-reverse cassette deck (circa 1987). I couldn’t get it out and the knobs didn’t work either, so I was forced to listen to … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 6: Major

Good music should reflect life! Life has it’s ups and downs, happy and sad, rain and sunshine, winter and summer …tension and release. The beauty of anything is so much more vivid when seen in contrast to ugly. If I … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 5: Altered Dominant

The ability to find new applications for old material is one of the greatest musical endeavors you can undertake. I had a teacher tell me one time that I already knew all the jazz vocabulary I ever needed, but I … Continue reading

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Wes Montgomery Chord Solo Transcription: ‘Round Midnight

With all the recent talk around here about block chords, I thought today we would go direct to the horses mouth, or should I say the master’s guitar. Wes Montgomery tastefully combines single lines, octaves, and block chords with incredible … Continue reading

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22 Ideas for comping over 1-6-2-5 progressions

Today I would like to offer you 22 voicings that outline a 1 6 2 5 progression (ex. Cmaj7 – Am7 – Dm7 – G7). This is perhaps the most common chord progression ever know to man/woman. This is also … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 3: Half-Whole diminished

One of my favorite scales to use over a dominant chord is the half-whole diminished. The symmetrical nature of this scale really lends itself to block chords. (half-step, whole step, half, whole, etc.). The tensions that we get over a … Continue reading

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Chord Soloing with Block Chords:Part 1(Minor Chords)

In our quest for chord soloing freedom, I thought I would jump right into the deep end and begin a series of articles about harmonizing melodies. This harmonization is sometimes called block chords. The term “Block chords” is borrowed from … Continue reading

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