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 October 1, 2020
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The term free jazz may have existed before Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come arrived in 1959.

Conventional jazz  is chord-based with soloists improvising over each chord.

Coleman, in contrast, imagined harmony, melody, and rhythm as equal constituents.

He had to break through the walls that harmony builts to free the melody.

Melody was everything to him, even drummers played like melodic instrumentalists.

Coleman believed that in the beginning, drums were like the telephone, they carried the message. Coleman's music is more like a "party line."

The theory that held his music together was eventually called Harmolodics. A word that sums up his ideas about the equality of rhythm, harmony, and melody.

Coleman described his ideas in a 1983 manifesto titled Prime Time for Harmolodics.

Then, around 1995, the name harmolodic was changed to Sound Grammar.

In Harmolodic/Sound Grammar improvisation, musicians contribute equally on their own terms.

Each contribution is equally essential to the whole. No one player has the lead, anyone can come out at any time.

To Ornette, Music is a language of sounds that transforms all human languages.
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The only time all seven Eagles members shared a stage was when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The lineup included the late guitarist Glenn Frey, drummer Don Henley, along with Leadon, Meisner, Felder, Walsh and Schmit.

One  topic that often seems to vex many of my beginner guitar students is the use of so-called slash chords, which are simply chords that have an alternate bass note or lowest note that is not the chord's "normal" root note.
In a live situation, even while you're practicing at home, reverb applied to chordal or solo playing can bring your improvisations to life. Beware, though: Reverb sounds lovely on bass, but add too much and the punch of the sound can be lost. This happens when the lower frequencies become overwhelmed with reverb reflections.
Joan was a founding member of the Runaways in 1975. In 1979, Paul Cook and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols joined her to record I Love Rock and Roll. In 1982, Joan reworked that song with the Blackhearts which stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. In 2008, she became the first woman to be honored with a Gibson signature guitar, the Joan Jett Melody Maker. Then, in 2019, she collaborated again with Gibson on a second signature model, the Joan Jett ES-339. In 2015, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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