Jazz lesson 1

In jazz music, and particularly in “Be-Bop”, there is a harmonic cadence called the “II-V-I”. This is by far the most widely used cadence. It is found in virtually all standards. But what is an II-V-I? They are just degrees in Roman numerals of the major scale harmonisation (intervals of thirds). The II-V-I cadence in.. read more →

The Blues Scale

The blues scale is very similar to the minor pentatonic scale, except that it contains one extra note- the flattened fifth degree (b5). The scale formula is as follows; 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7 8(1) If we compare this with the major scale, in this instance we will use Bb Major, and we can.. read more →

The “CAGED” System

The “CAGED” System- Unlocked C-A-G-E-D – Open Forms There are five basic forms (formations or patterns) that are used to build chords on the guitar in the open position, they’re known as open C, open A, open G, open E, and open D. Placing these letters together, they spell CAGED. These shapes or formations can.. read more →