Post Category: Jazz & Improvisation

Easy jazz piano voicings for the 2-5-1

The 2-5-1 progression is a great place to practice voice leading the 2 note shell voicings.  Since the 2-5-1 progression is so commonly used, learning this strategy will make playing standard jazz...
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How to Practice with the iReal Pro

The iReal Pro is an amazing band-in-a-box app. Although it was initially created for jazz musicians, there are so many wonderful applications of it; it is perfect for singers and instrumentalists of...
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Tutorial: How to use the iReal Pro app

It’s #tutorialtuesday and this was a special request from some of the #theversatilemusician community. This week I created a step-by-step how to use the #irealpro app.  The iReal Pro is an...

Shawn Maxwell’s Expectation and Experience Album

Shawn Maxwell is an amazing saxophonist and composer based in Chicago and his new record comes out on FRIDAY! We met back in 2000 on a cruise ship and have kept in touch over the years. He wrote 17...

All About the Jazz Minor 2-5-1 Chord Progression

This tutorial is all about the 2-5-1 Progression in Minor.  If you have already studied the 2-5-1 in Major, you will notice that they are almost identical outside a few changes. You can read/watch the...

Random Songs I Like #15 – Ladies in Mercedes

Random Songs I Like Week #15: Ladies in Mercedes is a brilliant composition by jazz bassist and composer Steve Swallow, with hysterical lyrics by British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone.  This song has...

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