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Jazz Guides

Explore our collection of educational jazz guides, written to provide thorough and insightful coverage on key topics within the jazz genre. These resources are an invaluable resource for both seasoned musicians and enthusiastic learners seeking a deeper understanding of jazz's fundamental aspects.

  • March 13, 2024

    The tritone substitution is a fundamental concept in jazz harmony. We hear these substitutions throughout the catalog of great recordings, and find them in songs in our Real Books and the Great American Songbook.

    Josh Walsh
  • December 07, 2021

    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
  • November 08, 2021

    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
  • June 13, 2020

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

    Josh Walsh

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