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November 10, 2015

One finger per fret? index, middle, and 3rd finger in the low positions? Index, middle, and 4th in the low positions? If you’re like many ba...

October 7, 2015

Your big band is warming up. the lead trumpet player picks up her horn, puts the mouthpiece to her lips, and blows through a serpentine, dia...

September 15, 2015

Once in a while, a song crosses musical boundaries and becomes a classic standard.

August 18, 2015

The story sounds like a sequel to breaking bad: a drug-laced apple; a murderous old queen trying to kill a buxom brunette; characters like D...

July 21, 2015

You know it all—you just don’t know what to do with the information.

June 18, 2015

“It’s A C7b9 chord, and you’re playing an Effin’d natural!” the piano player is giving you the ray, which means you’re either about to get f...

May 7, 2015

Sassy sings the clever gershwin lyric, “what a kick, how i buzz.

April 15, 2015

Many bassists play “any ol’ go-to-hell note,” as New Orleans legend Pops Foster famously said.

March 17, 2015

What’s the difference between a scale and a mode, and does it matter? The answer is two-fold.

March 6, 2015

In may 1957, paul chambers went into columbia records’ 30TH Street Studio to lay down new tracks with his employer at the time, trumpeter Mi...


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