Tag: JAZZ IMPROVISATION

Fixed DO Versus Movable DO

Saxophonist Pascal writes:

“I was trained using ‘Fixed DO.’   In other words, if I am playing an E Major scale, I was taught to name the notes ‘MI, FA#, SO#, LA, TI, DO#, RE# MI’.   Your book, “New Ears Resolution,” teaches me to think in terms of ‘Movable DO.’  What is your reason for preferring this method?”

Thank you for bringing this point up, Pascal.  This is an extremely important question you have asked.

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Rhythm 2: Express Yourself!

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Swinging rhythms are the foundation and heartbeat of great jazz.  Our  first “Rhythm” video was a primer on how to play jazz rhythms.  Click here to watch it.

In this video, we’ll talk about how you can use rhythm to effectively express yourself:  your thoughts, your feelings, your personality, your unique story.

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