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Common Tone Substitutions of the Harmonized Major Scale

Common tone substitution is a must have tool in your comping tool box. It is fairly straight forward and is easily incorporated, giving you exponentially more options of chord voicings to choose from. Every chord has other diatonic chords sharing … Continue reading

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Another exercise for developing rock-solid time

Developing a rock-solid, unshakable, punctilious, time feel is on the menu today (as is testing out my new thesaurus). This is an extension of a previous post: Feeling the beat: Test and improve your time feel now!. I developed this … Continue reading

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Soloing with Block Chords Part 4: Whole Tone Scale

As I peered through the bushes the purple monkey driving a tractor spotted me. I knew I was in trouble when he climbed down asked me for a banana…”cue whole-tone dream sequence music”…”fade to black” Today we will be exploring … 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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Feeling the beat: Test and improve your time feel now!

A sense of time and the ability to play with good time are the most important aspect of musicianship. This sounds like a bold statement, but it is true. Right or Wrong notes are a matter of taste and exposure, … Continue reading

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