This is definitely one of the strangest tunes Django wrote. I’m told it was the “B-side” of the “Nuage” vinyl record and is supposed to represent the horrors of war as opposed to Nuages cloud-like beauty. My old Gyspy Jazz group “Babik” had both songs arranged for symphony orchestras to
Dominant 7 flat 9 chord’s matching scale
As a more advanced Master Class Lesson, here’s a cool trick that Stephane Grappelli often did that adds an air of sophistication to any dominant chord. I’ve applied it as an exercise for you, over a Rhythm Changes tune called Stompin’ at Decca by Django Reinhardt & Stephane from 1938.
Here’s a cool loop track that takes you all the way around the Circle of Fifths, each five notes away from the one before. Why is this a useful study? The Five (V) to One (I) cadence, or chord movement as been a dominant motion in music for the
The V7b9 (“five-seven-flat-nine” or “dominant-seven-flat-nine” or 1-3-5-b7-b9) chord is not really a full substitution of the whole chord with another, but this time, more simply just an addition to a chord, with the flatted ninth of the chord’s key added to your scale while improvising …whether that note is
Want to work with a particular scale? This is the place! Major, minor, pentatonics, blues scales, modes, etc… This auto generated list will update every time I post a lesson (or update an old one) that uses a specific scale, mode, or mood. This is a new feature
This classic jazz “standard” is a jam session staple… and just happens to be a GREAT study. We’ll go very deep into it in our “Artist” level or “Jamming 103” lessons below. The main reason “All of Me” is such a good study piece is that: 1) you can NOT
Description: A Geoff Perry original that first appeared on Babik’s “American Gypsy” CD. The melody features tremolo and some 3rd position notes in the bridge. Learning to improvise to this one is more advanced (see below) Jamming: Changing scales with each passing chord is possible but can be a rather