Jazz Musician's Quiz

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If you're a jazz musician, you should be able to answer these questions. Music theory, musicianship, and other areas are covered.

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Most of the time, classical music uses straight eighth notes while jazz uses ______ eighth notes
This scale is comprised of 6 whole steps
A chord with an omitted 3rd, usually replaced by a 4th or 9th
'Dorian b2' is the ______ mode of the jazz/melodic minor scale
This scale is comprised of consecutive half-steps
Beat numbers where the 'pocket' is felt in swing
A book containing handwritten charts of hundreds of frequently played jazz tunes, previously unpublished and technically illegal to own
The opening track on 'Kind of Blue' that paved the way for modal tunes
Rhythms occurring in unexpected spots are said to be...
A common song form using I7, IV7 and V7
Dm7 - G7 - Cmaj7 turned into Dm7 - Db7 - Cmaj7 is an example of a...
A scale made up of alternating minor 3rds and half steps
A scale made up of alternating half steps and whole steps (starting with a half step)
The fifth mode of the major scale
Bebop innovator who was nicknamed 'Byrd'
Name this scale: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 7
Popular jazz guitarist known to play with his thumb and for using octaves in his improvisation
A minor scale with a raised 7th degree
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Coltrane composition often referred to as the most difficult jazz tune to improvise over, utilizing different cycles of keys that are a major 3rd apart
Chord quality often represented by V7
Dominant chord with any combination of #/b 5 and #/b 9
Another common name for a minor7b5 chord
Common practice between musicians that involves improvising for 4 bars before letting another player improvise for 4 bars
Term for a chord progression at the end of a tune that sets up the top of the next chorus
The number of bars in a typical blues progression
Name this scale: 1 2 3 #4 5 6 b7
The seventh mode of the major scale
Another name for a tune's melody, played twice at the start and the ending
The second mode of the major scale
A new melody composed over familiar harmonic changes - examples are Countdown > Tune Up, and Ornithology > How High the Moon
Imaj7 - vi7 - ii7 - V7 is a common chord progression known as...
A minor scale with a raised 6th and 7th degree
A scale made up of alternating whole steps and half steps (starting with a whole step)
The third mode of the jazz/melodic minor scale
This term is called out on a gig at the end of a tune to let everybody know the final few bars will be repeated, usually 3 times
Perhaps the most famous jazz musician, leader on 'Kind of Blue'

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Created Feb 7, 2014ReportNominate
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