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A book containing handwritten charts of hundreds of frequently played jazz tunes, previously unpublished and technically illegal to own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

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Created Feb 7, 2014ReportNominate
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