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    Posted: 23 Feb 2017 at 12:25pm
I've just started sharing my writing online: I'll be writing about a few different topics, but jazz music will be a recurring theme.


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hey Matty,

welcome to the site, your link (above) doesn't work for me Ouch
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Hi Snobb, I've updated it now and hopefully it works.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Feb 2017 at 4:36pm
Hi, welcome to the site, I gotta gig right now, But i will try to check your blog out later and leave some feedback.
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I read your article, I'm glad you could get going. As a teacher, I can tell you that many students never learn the fun of improvising.

For me it was quite different. I didn't start playing until I was in my late teens. By then I had a clear idea of what I wanted to play, mostly solos on the B3. I had favorite jazz players (Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, Jack McDuff etc) and rock players (Jon Lord, Greg Rollie, Keith Emerson) plus many others, and the main thing I wanted to learn how to play was the solos.

I was working on B3 licks and solos before I could even play a song. Improvising has always been my favorite part of playing music.
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Thanks for your encouragement, all of you. It's really exciting for me to hear what you think.


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Thanks for reading, and thanks again for welcoming me to the forum so nicely.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2017 at 11:26am
Nice article, and yes, the standards, or fake book tunes, are one of those things that set jazz apart from other genres. Even if an artist is playing something that isn't a standard, you can tell if they worked up their skills from playing the standards. If you can play the standards, then you will know your music theory inside and out, and how to apply it in time.
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It was a lot of fun to write, and I'd love some feedback / responses.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2017 at 8:25am
Excellent article, one Monk advice I really liked was "Make the drummer sound good".

I'm going to return to this article in more depth later, I really appreciated the nod to Parliament; Clinton, Worrell and Bootsy together at their peak was pure genius at work.

Your coverage of jazz from the 40s to 70s is very good, but so many people neglect the pre-40s, and the 21st century.

Here are some early geniuses to look at:
Fletcher Henderson: his big band arrangements in the late 20s-early 30s are just incredible. Listen to many, because some are better than others. The best are the ones arranged by Don Redmon.

Possibly the two best jazz piano players of all time: Art Tatum and Earl Hines.

Moving on to the 21st century:
Piano: Matthew Shipp and Brad Mehldau, two very different piano players, but both are exceptional.
Guitar and composition: Mary Halvorson, she is still realizing her potential, I think her best may still be yet to come.


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Thanks JS!


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Apr 2017 at 5:49pm
I just listened to Parker's "Lover Man", that is something else. That was also the first jazz tune I learned how to play, in a very rudimentary fashion of course, unfortunately, I don't have a copy of it anymore.
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Thanks again for all the kindness you've shown me on this page.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 May 2017 at 11:30am
I teach music to young people, and by far the best starter instrument is the keyboard. On a physical level its very easy to play, which means everything else will be brain work.
Because of the physical layout of the keyboard and the way standard music notation works, you can teach young people how to read by seeing relative note movement, something thats much better for their brains than note memorization.
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I've just posted an article about how woodwind and brass instruments are enjoying a return to mainstream popularity, through bands like Too Many Zooz and Moon Hooch.


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Awesome video, we'll get Too Many Zooz added to the site.
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I write short stories and one has just been published in an online journal. Feedback welcome, as always!


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Good to hear from you Matty, my computer is being repaired right now, but I should be able to check out your story after Monday.
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Juzz is all about the snippet of a heart bit...It's a music of the soul, the music of the heart, and the music of the beating body of the planet...
The beauty of jazz, the magnificence of jazz, is that it reproduces and amplifies those sounds, time after time, moment after moment, in ways that speak directly to the heart and ears of the listener as no other music does. Keith Jarrett, using a photographic metaphor in speaking of jazz, said that while classical music was like a photograph of a clear mountain stream
Yes that's totally it, and maybe to add a tube in here, or some good old saxophone like the Nill are doing, yep the scenery now is perfect, right?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_cPsIl5LP0
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