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Is this Jazz or Blues? Or Both?


(@quiqueguitar)
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Hi folks. I've recorded this with my Gibson 335. I entitled it "Jazz Blues Guitar", but some people say that this isn't blues at all. It's a 12 bar blues progression, and there's some bluesy feel and notes in it. But the chords are jazzy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezjlO7EPwK8

I just wanted to see what you think. Jazz, Blues, both? Thanks for watching! See you.

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(@noteboat)
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It's a blues progression, but that doesn't mean it isn't jazz too.

You're using lots of extensions - major 7ths and dominant 9ths mostly. The diminished chords standing in for dominant 7ths also give it a jazzy feel.

But IMO, "jazz" isn't in the chords - it's in how its played. If you're doing the same thing each time, it's just a set piece that sounds like jazz. If you're changing it up, reharmonizing the progression in different choruses, and (especially) listening and responding to other players in a group situation, then it's jazz - even if it's blues (or folk or funk or whatever)

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(@kingpatzer)
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It's a blues progression, but that doesn't mean it isn't jazz too.

You're using lots of extensions - major 7ths and dominant 9ths mostly. The diminished chords standing in for dominant 7ths also give it a jazzy feel.

But IMO, "jazz" isn't in the chords - it's in how its played. If you're doing the same thing each time, it's just a set piece that sounds like jazz. If you're changing it up, reharmonizing the progression in different choruses, and (especially) listening and responding to other players in a group situation, then it's jazz - even if it's blues (or folk or funk or whatever)
To me, the heart of jazz lay in 3 specific areas:

Syncopated rhythms. This doesn't necessarily mean swing, but straight 4/4 isn't the typical jazz motif.
Reharmonization. Jazz is quite a bit about playing with harmonic structures.
Improvisation. This is the heart of jazz, and without it whatever is being played isn't jazz.

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(@anonymous)
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that would be a jazz blues. the title was accurate.


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 Taso
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I'd call that Jazz Blues, as well.

Amazing and awesome playing.

Please send me your guitar (that's my fee for responding to your post...its too late to decline, I already posted).

Thanks.

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(@quiqueguitar)
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I did enjoy reading your replies, folks. There's plenty of people round here with a great musical taste and knowledge, and that includes you. Thanks for watching too! Take care.

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