Tag: improvisation

  • How Esperanza Spalding Is Bringing Value Back to Music with Her New Album

    “In the paper, the lyrics are waiting. And we’re just gonna pull them out with a pen.” – Esperanza Spalding Music today is hardly something to get too excited about. Let’s face it, with all the streaming services available to us at any moment for free (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, etc.), music as a commodity has […]

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  • Allegro! Exploring the Legacy and Technique of the Great Django Reinhardt

    Allegro! Exploring the Legacy and Technique of the Great Django Reinhardt

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. A fire roars with life on a cool summer night somewhere in the north of France, possibly even just over the Belgian border. Music drifts into the night […]

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  • Dorothy Ashby Was One Fierce Lady Pioneer of Jazz Harp

    Dorothy Ashby Was One Fierce Lady Pioneer of Jazz Harp

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. A few years ago, I had one of the most powerful live music experiences of my life when I went to see Stevie Wonder on his Songs in […]

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  • Afrobeat Songs are Long and Repetitive, So How are They So Irresistibly Compelling?

    Afrobeat Songs are Long and Repetitive, So How are They So Irresistibly Compelling?

    Afrobeat is as eclectic as it is mesmerizing. Its roots stem from a few different areas geographically, socially, and musically. Genres such as jazz and funk, which were defined and carved out by black Americans who came of age during the Civil Rights Movement, helped contribute to its improvised foundation and its generally elastic nature. […]

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  • Focus on Simplicity: Exercises to Strengthen Your Foundations in Improvising

    Focus on Simplicity: Exercises to Strengthen Your Foundations in Improvising

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. By Mike Casey Raise your hand if you’ve heard this cliché before: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Well, as cheesy as that sounds, I happen to believe it’s right on […]

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  • 5 Mind-Bending Early Guitar Innovators

    5 Mind-Bending Early Guitar Innovators

    Compared to most instruments, the modern guitar is a relatively new instrument. While classical instruments like piano, brass, and woodwinds all have hundreds of years of pedagogy behind them, the language of guitar music and how we learn to play is new and constantly changing. Today, we can find chords to any song on the internet […]

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  • How Jazz Is Secretly Rewriting Its Own Future in Camouflage

    How Jazz Is Secretly Rewriting Its Own Future in Camouflage

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. You may not have known this, but yesterday was International Jazz Day. Look around, and you’ll find a ton of jazz festivals happening right this moment worldwide — from Denton, Texas […]

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  • How Successful Musicians Practice: The Horn Section

    How Successful Musicians Practice: The Horn Section

    This is the fourth instalment in our series on How Successful Musicians Practice. If you’re just joining us now, this series asks professional and semi-professional musicians performing and recording with all kinds of groups how they practice and what helps them stay organized. We’re getting to the heart of what it takes to grow your musical […]

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  • Three Jazz Artists Harmoniously and Creatively Blending Arabic and Western Music

    Three Jazz Artists Harmoniously and Creatively Blending Arabic and Western Music

    By Lee Dynes The sound palette of Arabic, Persian, and various Middle Eastern regional cultures are generally not typically heard in the West outside of TV shows like Homeland and some films. Those droning tones, the anguished cries reminiscent of classical singers like Oum Kalthoum of Egypt or Yusuf Omar of Iraq, can evoke uneasy feelings […]

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  • 6 Songs That Prove Otis Spann Sold His Soul to the Devil, Too

    6 Songs That Prove Otis Spann Sold His Soul to the Devil, Too

    Blues legend has it that at the corner of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, otherwise known as the “Devil’s Crossroads,” a young Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in return for the ability to play the bejeezus out of his guitar. Well, I’m here to make the case that there […]

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Com Truise: Mid-Fi Synthwave Slow-Motion Funk