When learning jazz
In her course, Jazz Chord Punches, Mimi Fox explores 8 important approaches to take for punching chords and comping.
Here are 6 free chord punches jazz
The Beatles had three
Arpeggiating the Changes
I highly recommend my Mel Bay book,
Thinking Like a Drummer
If you really want to add musical sophistication and interest to your playing, work on putting in rhythmic hits! For years, I recommended that all of my advanced students work out of various drum books. One of my favorite books is Syncopation for the Modern Drummer. Work on tapping out the rhythm first with your hands or a set of drumsticks and then play them on the
Rhythm Changes in Bb: Overview
There are many great songs that make use of this important progression. “Oleo”, “Anthropology”, “I Got Rhythm” (from which the name “Rhythm Changes” originates), the Flintstones theme song, etc. I recommend that you listen to many versions of songs with “Rhythm Changes”. Better yet, try to transcribe some of the solos that are being played.
Rhythm Changes in Bb: Performance
One of the things that I hope you’ll hear when you listen to this performance is how closely I’m aligned with the bass player and drummer. Whether I’m playing single lines or chord punches, simple rhythms or complex jabs, I’m always locked in to the groove. I hope you’ll steal as many of my licks as you can, but please don’t forget to swing hard!
Rhythm Changes in Bb: Breakdown
There are a lot of cool ideas in this video segment. As with anything new that you’re trying to learn, practice slowly and carefully. Eventually, these ideas will become integrated into your playing and will feel natural to you.
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