How to play/practice jazz in this situation?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by gbf, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. Hey guys, here is my dillemma (another one). :D

    I've been pushing my self to learn jazz but my city doesn't offer too much source for practicing or playing/jamming. At the most i can watch some concerts of jazz, bossa nova and some Classical stuff. Thinking about this i decided to get some play-alongs BUT here in my city i can't get those too (except for the ones i got in the internet). I'm talking my brother and 2 other friends to start playing jazz with me but if this fails to i don't know what else to try! :bawl:
    I've been doing my ear trainings on a day basis but i've been laking inspiration to play my bass because of all the difficulties i have down here. And the worst is that:
    A) I don't live in a small city
    B) I live in the most cultural city near here.

    so if you guys could tell me something i haven't tought of please reply.

    Thank's in advance.
    Gabriel :help:
  2. chardin


    Sep 18, 2000
    You might want to try Jamey Aebersold's play along CD's. All songs are done by excellent players; no computers. The bass and piano are on separate stereo channels so you can mute the bass by using your stereo balance control. Drums are on both channels.

    Check out for some good starting places.

    [Edit: Typos]
  3. Abersolds are really cool, another really good thing is a program called band in a box, i always recommend this to people who want to play jazz because bassically its what is says, a band in a box. You type in chord changes then play the melody or walk a bass, then solo. Its a really good program to learn jazz, and you dont need other players to use it. Try it out, it helps alot.(dont download it, its a cheap program)
  4. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    both Band in the Box and the Aebersolds have been a blessing to me
  5. Try to find classified ads or message board of your underground music scene I'm pretty sure there are some
  6. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Yamaha QY100 or a used QY70 sequencer. It's a portable sequencer with built in backing tracks that allow you to create your own sequences. Using one of these allows you to put the chord changes in and the patterns automatically adjust to the changes.
  7. tim99

    tim99 Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Have someone or band in a box or an abersold cd play ii IV V chord progressions. When you are playing the major scale over a dom 7 chord, say a C Maj scale over a G7, find a place where your fingers do this:


    Ok, you are playing the ii and the IV and then you get to the V chord, play one of these notes shown below at the X right at the start, on the 1 beat, of that dom 7 V chord:


    Woa. What is that?


    You are on your way.

  8. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    The Jamey Aebersold books are phenominal instruction books to learn just about any type of Jazz that you'd like to learn especially if you trying to play standards and learn the changes.I would highly recommend this instruction book. :oops: