Category Archives: Practice example

Practice Tips

Practicing isn’t really a “whatever works for you” type of skill. It is a vital skill that we all need to use more efficiently. I’ve been revisiting the jazz standard Donna Lee (originally attributed to Charlie Parker but seems to … Continue reading

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The Importance of Warming Up

I went for a number years with little or no warm-up before practicing or playing a gig. It never seemed really necessary. Playing a lot of gigs for over a decade was a big help in keeping me thinking that … Continue reading

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The Chromatic Scale – The Underlying Key to Western Music

The chromatic scale is important due to its very nature. Western music generally has only 12 different pitches. Other music such as Northern Indian Classical and some Middle Eastern music have more. We only need to deal with the 12. … Continue reading

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More on Chord Substitutions

Let’s summarize from the last few posts: Interval – the distance from the root note to the note being named. The list: a)      Unison – the same note, same pitch. Perfect, augmented (½ step up), diminished ( ½ step down) … Continue reading

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A Blues Practice Example

After all the intensive theory posts, here’s a quick little example of a semi-funky blues bass line in A. It was fun for me, as I did the entire thing without picking up a bass. Here’s the video: You can … Continue reading

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