Jazz Clues

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Jazz: rhythm on audio for Solace of the Wind

In Jazz Clues, the second song in the collection, Solace of the Wind, seems to be the only piece where the lead instrument plays a very different rhythm from the written score. I would appreciate any tips for teaching this one. Regarding the rhythm, eighth…

Jazz Clues: Voicing extended chords – Neil Moore

Some questions from the Jazz program… Using Jazz Clue 3, in “Here to Stay” the Bmin7-5 has a C not a C# right? It sounds better to me with C (which would be a -9). So RH is CDF, correct? Also, the E7-9 is RH…

Question about Touch of Jazz songs

Is there any reason why “Solace of the Wind” and “Here to Stay” are played so differently on the audio than the written music? I’m sure students are going to be asking me about that. They sound very different than how I played it from…

Jazz Clue 2 question

I’m processing Jazz Clue 2 in my Touch of Jazz book and have a question. Do you use the minor 7th for all chords except Major 7th chords? i.e. 13th chords, 11th chords, diminished, etc. If it says Maj7, play major 7. If it says…

Working with lead sheets and melody

I was trying to help a student with a lead sheet incorporating the melody with harmony (5ths and 7ths). We have not started Jazz yet, sort of jumping ahead, but I was wondering how to approach split chords in this fashion, such as C/Bb? I…

Jazz Clue 2 question

I’m wondering about the solo arrangements with Jazz Clue 2 applied to these songs or any lead sheet. do we typically play the melodies as written or up an octave higher? At times it feels like the LH 7ths are too low or overlap with…

Jazz Clues – Rhythms

In Jazz Clues, the second song in the collection, Solace of the Wind, seems to be the only piece in which the lead instrument plays a very different rhythm from the written score. I think the horn player came in on the second or third…

Reading Rhythm and Reading Notes Expectations

The pacing question has come front and center in my studio as a parent of a private lesson student starting Level 4 (who will soon also begin Reading Rhythm) has continually worried about her son not reading music yet, despite how much she has loved…

Jazz Musician List

A few people have asked for a list of some Jazz to listen to or to have students listen to. This is a very small list but a good place to start if you want to hear a variety of Jazz styles. There are a…

Using The Jazz Program Audio Recording

This program is fantastic and I’m just getting started. I have one question though. How is the Audio Recording used? The Jazz Band audio recording is absolutely the best part! Once you can play the various chords easily in each project for each song the…