What is Jazz?

So Jazz seems to be a common term for:

“Jazz spans a period of over a hundred years, encompassing a range of music from ragtime to jazz-rock fusion of the 1970s and 1980s, and has proved to be difficult to define. Jazz makes heavy use of improvisationpolyrhythmssyncopation and the swung note,[2] as well as aspects of European harmony”

But this seems historical and not my experience. In fact mastery of ones instrument feels like a better definition of Jazz. Knowledge of scales, chords, inversions, melody, harmony, passing tones and improvisation through mood.

So my approach is freedom on the instrument. Call it Jazz but I call it Freedom.

 

Melodic Minor Modes

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So in an effort to continue on my Jazz journey. I have just started my melodic minor modes. So helpful in expanding your ears on what notes you probably wouldn’t consider. At times it feels as though you may want to veer away from the recommended scale tones but I’m hanging in there and realising in approaching it I can first treat it like the Major modes. i.e.. Use one shape and go from there.