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“Getting Off The Root” . . . : Digging Deeper With Jeff Antoniuk

As I’m doing my own deep dive into jazz bass playing, I’ve been working on my bass soloing. As the material has a much faster harmonic rhythm than the rock/blues/funk tunes that I usually play, I’ve noticed that many of

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Theory

K.I.S.S. . . . : A Methodology To Help You Get Your Groove On.

Below is an excellent video from sax player/keyboard player Jeff Schneider who has a You Tube channel with a lot of cool information on improvisation, saxophone technique, r&b keyboards and other topics of interests to my fellow music nerds. This

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Cool Website Alert: Jazz Advice.com

For a musician with a thirst for knowledge and a desire to get better, the internet can be a wonderful thing. I am always checking out YouTube videos, websites and blogs that deal with topics that are near and dear

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The (Musical) Games We Play: (Musical) Exquisite Corpses and Terry Riley’s “In C”

This past weekend, as part of the MakeMusicNewYork festival, I took part in a interesting “game” entitled Exquisite Corpses. The term refers to a artistic technique invented by the early 20th century surrealists in which players write in turn on

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Posted in Classical, Improvisation, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Beauty Is A Rare Thing. . .”: Ornette Coleman 1930 – 2015

It’s a depressing sign of one’s own mortality when you hear that yet another of your musical heroes has passed. Last week, Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist, composer and musical revolutionary passed away at the age of 85. As I

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Let Me Play The Blues For You”: The Guitar Genius Of B.B. King (1925 – 2015)

After dealing with various health issues during the past few years, the legendary B.B. King passed away last night at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89. I was lucky enough to have seen B.B. King live numerous times.

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Posted in Blues, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Hot Rats” : Frank Zappa’s Early Jazz Rock Masterpiece

Hot Rats by Frank Zappa. I can honestly say that this was one of the records that had a major impact on my life. I think I was around 12 years old when I was first heard it, an advantage

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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