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  1. Playing Songs
    Here are some things I've been doing: 1. Figure out the overall structure of the tune (AABA, blues, whatever). 2. Find the key centers, 2-5-1s, and other coherent progressions (e.g. 3-6-2-5-1). 3. Measure by measure, play the guide tones. 4. Play arpeggios of various kinds (ascending...
  2. Jazz and Improvisation
    New workshop up at the Jazz Lab + Experiment. If you're interested in the "new thing" we tried out this past week, you've got to check this one out. This exercise is based on chance, and is a great way to break out of your or your band's typical molds and into new territory...
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