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Jazz

Digging Deeper: Learning Tunes in Three Dimensions

September 20, 2011
One of the things I’ve always been really fascinated by is the idea of “finding your own voice.”
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Beyond Blues: Major Chords, Minor Blues

August 16, 2011
Discover how the same type of chord voicing can perform different harmonic functions.
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Digging Deeper: Groove is in the Heart

August 16, 2011
How much control do you have when it comes to note placement?
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Stanley Clarke: A Bass Man and His Upright Desires

July 19, 2011
Fusion legend Stanley Clarke talks about his double-bass roots, his bevy of Alembic electrics, why all bassists should jam with other 4-stringers, and his recent reunion album with fellow Return to Forever bandmates Chick Corea and Lenny White.
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CD Review: Various Artists - "The New Universe Music Festival 2010"

July 19, 2011
Last November, in a theater in North Carolina, some of the greatest jazz/rock musicians alive came together for the inaugural New Universe Music Festival.
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CD Review: Ben Allison - "Action-Refraction"

May 17, 2011
Ben Allison Action-Refraction Palmetto Records Combining seemingly unrelated genres or interpreting songs in an unusual way is nothing new or groundbreaking, but bassist Ben Allison’s new release, Action- Refraction, is
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Rhythm & Grooves: Exploring Quartal Harmony

March 15, 2011
Rather than using major and minor thirds—the intervals found in typical chordal harmony—we’re going to use fourths as our harmonic building blocks.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Open for Business

February 15, 2011
In this third and final part of our series, we’ll integrate some of the different forms we’ve discovered thus far and continue to blanket the fretboard with fresh chordal colors.
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Modal Workshop: Intervallic Structures

February 15, 2011
Alex Machacek shows you voicings to expand your chord vocabulary.
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