Teaching Jazz As A Language Part 1: The Blues Scale as the First Words

by Russ Nolan Teaching Jazz As A Language: First Words One for the most challenging aspects of learning how to improvise or how to teach improvisation is where to start. Most of us did not grow up listening to Jazz around the house, however, we did grow

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JSL-Jazz as a Second Language for Beginners

By Russ Nolan Jazz as a Second Language Just like English, Spanish, German, French, Latin, etc., Jazz is a language. Did your parents sit you down one day when you were a toddler and say, “OK, Son/Daughter, now we are going to teach you English”? NO! We

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