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 September 17, 2020
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Jazz has often moved forward in seismic shifts, powered by revolutionary figures who make everything that came before them seem quaint by comparison and radiate their influence beyond the jazz world.

Perhaps no figure epitomizes such a leap forward more than Charlie Parker. The legendary inventor of bebop, born a little over a century ago, may be the most universally respected and admired musician in jazz, and far beyond.

Parker has been called "The Greatest Individual Musician Who Ever Lived."  Not just jazz musician, but musician, period.

There had never been one single musician who influenced "all instruments."

Unlike the swing of Benny Goodman or Louis Armstrong, Parker's bebop is completely non-danceable. He didn't care. He was not an entertainer, he insisted, but an artist.

Jazz might eventually return to danceability in the late 20th century, but the music, and popular music writ large, would never be the same.
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Did you know that there are only 9 triads of 3 types from which all chords are created... even the "hard" jazz chords!
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In 2017, a lengthy investigative report was published bemoaning the slow, secret death of the six-string electric guitar. Pointing to plummeting sales figures and the seeming dearth of modern-day "guitar heroes," the article made the future of our favorite instrument look incredibly bleak. That's one of the reasons why we're happy to report today that Fender has, in fact, sold more guitars in 2020 than any year in its storied history.
The new 30-inch scale model features an ash body in a high-gloss polyester finish, as well as a roasted maple neck and a fingerboard with 22 high-profile, wide stainless steel frets.There's also an EBMM passive humbucker equipped with higher output neodymium magnets, with a three-way switch offering parallel, true single-coil and series modes and a push/push boost volume pot. It also has a modern classic bridge, chrome hardware and new lightweight Music Man tuners with a finer gear ratio.
Ukulele Universe
Most of the magic of  jazz comes from adding more interesting tones to simple chords. In fact, with just three basic shapes as a starting point, you can play over 95% of the songs in the Real Book. However, adding Jazz chords allows you to keep the core harmony, but expand it for a more interesting sound. Let's get started...

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In this video Rick Beato discusses how bassist Jaco Pastorius changed music with his debut record featuring the Charlie Parker composition Donna Lee. Rick says: He's playing over a b flat 7 chord and he's implying an E 7 which is the tri-tone sub, but he starts out by surrounding the flat 7 of b flat 7 and then a c add 9 chord which gives you a dominant 7 flat 5 sound. Well that explains it right there... and if I had the chops, I could play that too.   

Musicians often fall into ruts when relying exclusively on Western scales and sounds. But there's a great big world out there, full of music from other countries and cultures that can be easily added to your repertoire. Scales from around the world can add an intriguing twist to your playing, giving you the sounds of the Far East, Middle East, Eastern Bloc and Latin America. This lesson will serve as a guided musical tour of select world sounds.
The bass was a 1969 Fender Mustang with a Competition Orange finish, used by Bill Wyman on Rolling Stones' concerts and recordings in 1969 and 1970 and exhibited at the O2 Arena Rock Exhibition in 2010. It sold for $384,000. The amp was a 1962 Vox AC30 Normal amp sold for $106,250, setting a new world record for the most expensive amplifier sold at auction.
It's interesting how similar yet different the worlds of nylon-string and steel-string players can be. After all, it's the same acoustic guitar universe. One acoustic champion who continues to bridge not only the two instruments but also their respective cultures is Peppino D'Agostino. Many Americana players have admiration for and draw inspiration from European classical maestros, but the Italian-born transplant to California is a rare breed: a steel-string dreadnought player respected by, and comfortable playing with, virtuosos from the global nylon-string community. D'Agostino has won numerous honors, including Best Acoustic Guitarist in the 2007 Guitar Player Reader's Poll.  

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