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If you’ve been following along, you might be aware that I have been playing a lot more guitar lately, building a collection of pedals to create a sound that is me, and in general having a lot of fun.

One of the things I have always enjoyed listening to is jazz, but I have never really had an ear or aptitude for it. Lastly on YouTube, I have discovered a couple of musicians who are jazz players, and I have sussed out that there is a method to paying jazz. There are a set of chords, a progression and pattern, and then the player “explores” around the chords, improvising, and riffing.

Honestly, it sounds awesome, and explained that way, it even seems to be “easy”. Of course, the chords are not simple, often 7th chords, with 9ths, 13ths and other grace notes added in to fill in the sounds.

This gives me some flashbacks to 1983, and my guitar lessons, where I learned a modicum of music theory. Chord progressions, the circle of fifths, and how to build a chord, things like that.

Of course, I promptly forgot all that, and focused on playing balls out rock and roll, and heavy metal for the - oh - next 40 years.

Shit.

That means that I will have to go back and re-learn all that pesky theory.

I dusted off my Guitar Grimoire books, and will start from the beginning. It will be a long journey to regain that knowledge, but it will ultimately make me a far better player.


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