[WorkGroup] Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear.

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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    It's a good idea to try to play the Milwaukee Avenue 12bar Jazz blues melody in different keys.

    So, see if you can start the melody on a Bb note and find the notes for the whole tune in Bb key.

    Then see if you can start the melody on a F note and find the notes for the whole tune in F key.

    Then see if you can start the melody on a C note and find the notes for the whole tune in C key.

    Have fun, playing guitar is about enjoyment. :)

    "Music makes the rules, music is not made from the rules."
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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    When you have transposed the melody into the key of C, here is the chord sheet for the changes.


    Have fun, playing guitar is about enjoyment.


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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART ONE

    Learning Phrase one.

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear

    We'll be moving onto a new track called Ogden Avenue. 

    It's 32bar song in a AABA form, the A section repeated, then the B section and then the A section again. , The track is based on the changes to the Jazz Standard "Take the A Train".

    Over the next few days, repeatedly listen to the track Ogden Avenue.

    Then repeatedly listen to the first phrase on Ogden Avenue track up to 29sec.

    Ensure that you're hearing all the small details of the phrase.

    Internalise the phrase.

    Hear the phrase in your mind.

    Sing along to the track. Don't play the phrase on the guitar yet, you need to hear the phrase in your mind clearly first and sing it.

    Repeatedly sing along to the track, reinforcing and internalising the phrase.

    The first phrase ends at 29sec in the Ogden Avenue youtube track below.



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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    edited April 30
    Ogden Avenue

    PART TWO

    Learning Phrase one.

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear


    After a few days of listening attentively and Internalising the phrases in the Ogden Avenue track up to 29sec.

    Sing the phrases without the recording. (This is important. It demonstrates that you have Internalised the phrases.)

    Only, when you can sing the phrases without the recording, start finding the notes of the phrase on your guitar.

    So, find all the notes in the phrase, slowly, one note after another.

    Once you have found all the notes, play all the phrases you have learned so far with the recording up to 29sec.

    Ensure that you're playing and hearing all the details of the phrasing and the dynamics in the recording.

    Then, play the phrases without the recording.

    Once you can play the phrases, imagine the notes on each fret as you play them. (This visualisation of the notes helps memory too.)

    Enjoy, have fun, there's no magic, it's all about using your ears.

    Play the phrases up to 29sec on the track above.



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  • StrumitStrumit Frets: 49
    Thanks for this.  Just bought a "Jazz"ish guitar, so really helpful. ;)
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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART THREE

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear
    (I've been on holiday, but I'm reconvening this play by ear thread for Jazz beginners.)

    Over the next few days, repeatedly listen to the track Ogden Avenue.

    Then repeatedly listen to the phrases on Ogden Avenue track up to 42sec.

    Ensure that you're hearing all the small details of the phrases.

    Internalise the phrases.

    Hear the phrase in your mind.

    Sing along to the track. Don't play the phrase on the guitar yet, you need to hear the phrases in your mind clearly first and sing them.

    Repeatedly sing along to the track, reinforcing and internalising the phrases.

    Part three phrases end at 42sec in the Ogden Avenue youtube track below.



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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART FOUR

    Learning Phrases

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear


    After a few days of listening attentively and Internalising the phrases in the Ogden Avenue track up to 42sec.

    Sing the phrases without the recording. (This is important. It demonstrates that you have Internalised the phrases.)

    Only, when you can sing the phrases without the recording, start finding the notes of the phrase on your guitar.

    So, find all the notes in the phrase, slowly, one note after another.

    Once you have found all the notes, play all the phrases you have learned so far with the recording up to 42sec.

    Ensure that you're playing and hearing all the details of the phrasing and the dynamics in the recording.

    Then, play the phrases without the recording.

    Once you can play the phrases, imagine the notes on each fret as you play them. (This visualisation of the notes helps memory too.)

    Enjoy playing these phrases, have fun, there's no magic, it's all about using your ears.

    Play the phrases up to 42sec on the track below.



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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART FIVE

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear

    Over the next few days, repeatedly listen to the track Ogden Avenue.

    Then repeatedly listen to the phrases on Ogden Avenue track up to 1:09sec.

    Ensure that you're hearing all the small details of the phrases.

    Internalise the phrases.

    Hear the phrase in your mind.

    Sing along to the track. Don't play the phrase on the guitar yet, you need to hear the phrases in your mind clearly first and sing them.

    Repeatedly sing along to the track, reinforcing and internalising the phrases.

    Part five phrases end at 1:09sec. in the Ogden Avenue youtube track below.



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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART SIX

    Learning Phrases

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear


    After a few days of listening attentively and Internalising the phrases in the Ogden Avenue track up to 1:09 sec.

    Sing the phrases without the recording. (This is important. It demonstrates that you have Internalised the phrases.)

    Only, when you can sing the phrases without the recording, start finding the notes of the phrase on your guitar.

    So, find all the notes in the phrase, slowly, one note after another.

    Once you have found all the notes, play all the phrases you have learned so far with the recording up to 1:09 sec.

    Ensure that you're playing and hearing all the details of the phrasing and the dynamics in the recording.

    Then, play the phrases without the recording.

    Once you can play the phrases, imagine the notes on each fret as you play them. (This visualisation of the notes helps memory too.)

    Enjoy playing these phrases, have fun, there's no magic, it's all about using your ears.

    Play the phrases up to 1:09 sec on the track below.

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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    edited May 24
    Ogden Avenue

    PART SEVEN

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear

    Over the next few days
    , repeatedly listen to the track Ogden Avenue.

    Then repeatedly listen carefully to the phrases on the whole Ogden Avenue track.

    Ensure that you're hearing all the small details of the phrases.

    Hear that the phrases are repeats of previous phrases you have already learned.

    Internalise the phrases.

    Hear the phrases in your mind.

    Sing along to the track. Don't play the phrase on the guitar yet, you need to hear the phrases in your mind clearly first and sing them.

    Repeatedly sing along to the track, reinforcing and internalising the phrases.

    Part seven, carefully listen to the whole Ogden Avenue youtube track below.




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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART EIGHT

    Learning Phrases

    Jazz Phrasing for Beginners by Ear


    After a few days of listening attentively and Internalising the phrases in the whole Ogden Avenue track.

    Sing the phrases without the recording. (This is important. It demonstrates that you have Internalised the phrases.)

    Only, when you can sing the phrases without the recording, start finding the notes of the phrase on your guitar.

    So, find all the notes in the phrase, slowly, one note after another.

    Once you have found all the notes, play all the phrases you have learned so far with the recording.

    Ensure that you're playing and hearing all the details of the phrasing and the dynamics in the recording.

    Then, play the phrases without the recording.

    Once you can play the phrases, imagine the notes on each fret as you play them. (This visualisation of the notes helps memory too.)

    Enjoy playing these phrases, have fun, there's no magic, it's all about using your ears.

    Play the phrases on the whole track below.



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  • GuyBodenGuyBoden Frets: 792
    Ogden Avenue

    PART NINE

    I hope you enjoyed learning the Ogden Avenue tune.

    Here's the backing tracking to play along with.


    The chord changes to the Ogden Avenue tune are similar to the popular Jazz Standard "Take the A Train". (below)



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