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A Shaw Thing – Connecting Pentatonic Scales

Mention pentatonics in jazz and people will probably immediately think of Coltrane and McCoy Tyner. They might also think of trumpeter Woody Shaw, who developed pentatonic playing to an incredible level. Woody’s kaleidoscopic approach involved zipping across multiple tonalities on

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How to Handle a Sus Chord Part I – the Real McCoy

It’s a common problem among people learning how to improvise that they freeze when faced with a sus chord. I’ve often found that the reason people don’t know what to play over this chord type is that they don’t really

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Sat 29 July 9pm, £15 (£9 adv)
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