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    Jazz Comping - A Complete Beginners Guide

    When I first started to get comfortable playing jazz on the piano, I was eager to learn how to play with an ensemble. I knew my way through lots of tunes, and how to voice each chord. But, I didn't understand what my role was supposed to be in the rhythm section, or what I was supposed to do in order to support the other players.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Dec 07, 2021
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    Learn to play jazz on your own - step by step guide

    We usually think about jazz as a formal study at a university such as Berkelee or Oberlin. Or perhaps, as more of an understudy or apprenticeship, where an upcoming student learns directly from a master. And don’t get me wrong, having a great teacher will really help in your study, but it’s not strictly required for you to become an accomplished player. In this article I’ll break down an approach to learning jazz on your own, at home, without a teacher.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Nov 08, 2021
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    Every chord symbol found on lead sheets

    In this article you'll find every chord symbol you are likely to encounter while playing from lead sheets or The Real Book. Everything from chord symbols with triangles, circles or chord extension are explained here in detail.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Apr 05, 2021
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    Jazz Chord Progressions — The Ultimate Guide

    These 7 chord progressions make up 90% of jazz standards and are a critical skill in learning to play jazz piano.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Jun 13, 2020
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    Soloing Using Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale

    The melodic minor scale provides all kinds of different options for soloing over altered dominant chords. In this article we explore each of the 7 modes of the melodic scale, and how they work over different chords.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Mar 22, 2021
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    3-Note Jazz Piano Voicings

    3-note jazz voicings are the simplest way to play 7th chords. They are great for beginners, but don't underestimate them -- the professionals use them all the time too.

    Josh Walsh
    Josh Walsh on Sep 29, 2020
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