The 'Practical Jazz Workshop' is here to help any player who is prepared to put in the time and effort to improve as a Jazz guitarist. If that’s you, welcome aboard! Before you get stuck right in, please take a minute to read the five Guidelines, which are designed to help everyone to get the best possible experience from this thread. 1) A new Jazz sound file – typically accompanied by a chart and some pointers to help you get started – will be posted on the first Saturday of each month at 6pm Eastern Standard Time (or thereabouts). 2) Please keep your take within the Jazz tradition, preferably quoting the top line melody at the ‘head’, and making the fullest use of the chord changes in your subsequent improvisation. 3) In the initial stages of these Practical Jazz threads, the music will be selected by either @dogletnoir, @davidKOS or @montemerrick, who will also provide charts/lead sheets and study/reference material as they see fit, as well as some feedback on performances which they feel will be helpful to participants. They will be working to a rotation system that allows time for preparation, and avoids last-minute debate over what composition should be chosen next. 4) Participants are encouraged to practice the number beforehand as much as their time allows, but please make any submissions a genuine, ‘bandstand style’ take, without edits or overdubs. 5) Constructive critiques of the other submissions will be allowed, but please be mindful of other people’s feelings. Pointing a way forward will certainly be more helpful than simply mentioning things that you felt were 'wrong' with a take. Let’s keep Practical Jazz Workshop a happy, safe environment where everyone can learn from each other. If you have a Jazz number you feel could benefit participants, please start a Conversation with @davidKOS, @dogletnoir, and @montemerrick, rather than posting it into the thread. PJW #1: COLD DUCK TIME downloadable backing track (changes: cycles F7 to B7, then Db Maj 7 to Eb Maj. 7) The original Live At Montreux version: As played by Larry Carlton & friends: Originally written by Eddie Harris in 1969. Form: 8 bar intro, play the head (main melody) 2x, solo over 2 choruses, then back to the head 2x. Do feel free to practice, investigate, and work at this for as long as you like before hitting the 'record' button... Here are some definitions for a few terms which will most likely come up from time to time around here: bridge: a term which is sometimes used to indicate a 'C' section of a tune, also sometimes used interchangeably with chorus: the 'B' section of a tune; also used to indicate a complete solo run through the entire tune. changes: the basic chords/progression of the piece. chart: see 'lead sheet' comping: playing chordal 'accompaniment' to a vocal or instrumental single note line. head: the main melody line of a tune lead sheet: a condensed version of an arrangement which indicates the chords, melody, and form of a piece of music. fake book: a compilation of many lead sheets, often of dubious origin and/or accuracy. grips: chord shapes vamp: a repetitive rhythmic pattern often used as the basis for soloing; also as an intro or closing section to a piece. verse: the seldom heard opening section of many a jazz standard. voicing: the way the notes in the chord are ordered/stacked. i know i'm posting a bit early this time around, but what the heck... i'm kind of excited to get this going! P.S. A huge thanks to @simoncroft for his assistance in drafting the guidelines!