Playing Scales vs. Playing Out of Scales

I've been asked many times "Why do I need to learn and practice scales?" or "Why do I need to understand chords-scales and tonal harmony?" Some other people complain about the chord-scale theory, saying that they don't want to play scales, meaning they wish to play in the jazz vocabulary, licks, motives, playing rhythmically or... Continue Reading →

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Can We Have a IVmaj7 Chord With an Ionian Chord-Scale?

Here's a musical concept nobody taught me at school. While analyzing 1000+ jazz tunes for The Jazz Standards Progressions Book, I noticed a great number of songs in major keys tonicize the IV degree at the beginning of the bridge. It's usually preceded by the V/IV, landing on the IV at the beginning of the... Continue Reading →

100 Essential Jazz Standards

Since the release of The Jazz Standards Progressions Book where I analyzed 1000+ songs I have been asked many times for a list of essential jazz standards. I do not want to promote uniformity in repertoire nor do I believe in programatic lists. Jazz is a personal intuitive journey. What I do believe in is finding... Continue Reading →

Tessitura Pro tip of the day #2: How to find chord scales that work over a diminished 7th chord. Tessitura Pro: The whole world of scales over the circle of fifths.

Tessitura Pro tip of the day #2: How to find chord scales that work over a diminished 7th chord.Tessitura Pro: The whole world of scales over the circle of fifths.#ScalesAndModes #MusicEducation #MusicPractice #ChordScaleshttps://t.co/C6vnN9cv6C pic.twitter.com/WwMKODtYpU— mDecks Music (@mDecksMusic) May 19, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

C Bebop Mixolydian b9 b13 scale in Tessitura Pro. Here we show the scale in the circle of fifths, melodic pattern collection and approach collection.

C Bebop Mixolydian b9 b13 scale in Tessitura Pro. Here we show the scale in the circle of fifths, melodic pattern collection and approach collection.#ScalesAndModes #MusicScales #MusicEducation https://t.co/C6vnN9cv6C pic.twitter.com/5QWps80Y98— mDecks Music (@mDecksMusic) May 7, 2018 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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