▷ Jazz – You'll learn what they haven't told you yet


Jazz is a musical style or genre born at the end of the 19th century in the United States, in areas close to the state of Mississippi.

His birth is due to the fusion of white music that came from Europe and black music performed by the slaves of the time.

One of the types of Jazz that has had the greatest impact on the history of music has been Swing, which later triggered the creation of another kingly musical style throughout the world: rock’n’roll.

How to identify Jazz music?

You can recognize this musical style by looking at its characteristics.

Jazz music features

One of the main characteristics of Jazz music is the improvisation and personality of each musician. On the one hand, improvisation is innate in Jazz since the musicians do not govern the sheet music to the letter but use them as a guide and, thanks to improvisation, create at each moment a rhythm that flows from the music itself and Your musical harmony

On the other hand, the personality of each musician is reflected in Jazz music by allowing the musician to flow with it.

  • Improvisation (Jazz JAM)
  • Personality
  • I try the rhythm: the Swing.
  • Musical structure
  • Use of "Blue" notes

Learn to play Jazz

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What is jazz

What is jazz? It is the typical question that nobody knows well what to answer. Jazz can be a state of mind, it can be… a musical adjective, or simply a name. According to Robert Glasper.

Without a doubt, Jazz is a state of mind, Jazz is freedom. It is musical freedom. I don't consider jazz to be a definition, something that you can narrow down because when you listen to a jazz song, you're not listening to music or sheet music, but what the group is transmitting. So … if you change that a little, do you still listen to Jazz?

Casey Benjamin defines Jazz as a all. Jazz is everything you dream, what you do, or what you inspire others. All this is within jazz and is what has influenced the music.

Other say that Jazz music is a suggestion of Swing. It doesn't always have to be swing, but it's always suggested by this musical style.

Jazz Styles

There are several types of jazz within the musical range of this style. The best known and common are:

  • Hot jazz
  • Swing
  • Bebop
  • Cool jazz
  • Hard bop
  • Free Jazz
  • Smooth Jazz
  • Acid Jazz
  • Fusion Jazz

Jazz Origin

It is said that the origins of Jazz were in Mississippi at the end of the 20th century.

Jazz artists

The most famous or most listened to Jazz artists in history are:

  • Miles Davis
  • Louis Amstrong
  • John Coltrane
  • Charlie Parker
  • Norah Jones
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Amy Winehouse
  • Billie holiday
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Nina Simone
  • Ray charles
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Herbie hancock
  • Diana Krall
  • Charles Mingus
  • Michael Bublé
  • Katie Melua
  • Jamie Cullum

Jazz Instruments

This musical style collects, as we have seen, many types of Jazz (Hot Jazz, Swing, Cool, Hard …) so the list of Jazz instruments can be very extensive.

In addition, the most modern types of jazz (such as Jazz fusion) have added new jazz instruments to the list. However, we wanted to collect the most typical jazz instruments and created this list segmented by types of musical families:

Wind instruments

The wind instruments used in various types of jazz music are the following:

  • Harmonica
  • Cornet
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Flute
  • Fliscorno
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Soprano saxophone
  • tall sax
  • tenor sax
  • Baritone saxophone
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

String instruments

In jazz music the following string instruments are used:

  • Low
  • Electric bass
  • Banjo
  • Double bass
  • Guitar
  • Mandolin
  • Fiddle

Percussion instruments

Percussion instruments are also used such as:

  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Synthesizers
  • Keyboard
  • Vibraphone

Free Jazz Class

Before finishing, I leave you a free Introduction to Jazz class with a guitar. Professor Raúl Rodrigo is a phenomenon, okay? xD
If you watch the video you will understand why;).

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