Hello Chaps. I've been struggling a bit with some new Jazz tunes lately. In the absence of lessons or a band to play with (due to lockdown) I've been using iReal Pro to provide some backing tracks to play along to to try and keep things going as much as I can. I don't know or listen to a lot of Jazz, and maybe that's what's defeating me here, but I've been trying to learn about it as a way of keeping the boredom at bay. Most of the songs on the app seem to be Jazz tunes and I've been reading a bit of the musical theory presented on Welcome to JazzGuitarLessons.net and other websites. The thing is, some of the songs just completely defeat me. I don't mean that in the sense of difficulty, although clearly there are some really fast, hard-to-play songs on there. What I mean, I think, is that they just don't make any damn kind of sense. When I read the websites, it's all unfamiliar content, but the understanding is straightforward. Without meaning to sound like a **** - I know a lot of theory. Terms and signage, harmonic progressions and the stuff they write out to explain it all - I get it. I'm classically-trained, play the organ, piano, guitar, sing, etc., so when they talk about ii7-V7-I7, substitutions and interpolations, I promise you, I really get it. I think the problem is the Jazz idiom. I see something like this: and I can spot the patterns, interpolation, modulations, quite a bit of chromaticism and it seems to make a kind of sense in my head. I can play around it all pretty well - runs, arpeggios / melodic bass, walking bass - it's near enough to what I'm used to to make a good hash of it with some improv thrown in. Then I look at something like this: And I'm ashamed to admit, I'm dumbfounded. *** and all that. It. Just. Doesn't. Make. Any. Musical. Sense. So I go and read and I learn about how it's all constructed from swapping 3rds / 7ths and then altering them to smooth things out; read the examples; understand the harmony. I read about Coltrane changes and think they're wacky but make a kind of sense. I go to YouTube and listen to the recordings and sure enough it sounds like the bassist is basically playing 1-1-2-3 in every bar, starting on a different root each time. Sounds easy enough, even at 240bpm. But then I play through the chords without the backing track and I just can't find any route between the roots (let alone making things interesting) that doesn't sound like a pile of crap. I put the backing track on and its just the same, except now I know I can't keep up with the beat either. The whole thing just feels like an unconnected jumble of notes and it makes me feel like I should just give up and go and hide in a Double Open Diapason somewhere (really big organ pipe) until I expire from the shame of it. I mean - I'm a serious musician, semi-professional on some of my other instruments, of about 30 years experience now. What's wrong with me? Why can't I get this? I want to be able to play this stuff and I'm pretty sure that it's my previous musical experience and a total inability to "think Jazz" is what's stopping me from getting there. Is it even possible when I've got this much "structured diatonic Classical harmony" loaded into my head? What do I do? How do I learn to think the right way about this stuff? Any and all advice will be welcome at this point. I know lockdown is getting a lot of us down, but my teacher has gone AWOL and I'm finding the struggle to make any kind of progress really demoralizing at the moment. Thanks, Adam.