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3 Ways to Use Melodic Minor Over II V I Progressions

3 Ways to Use Melodic Minor Over II V I Progressions

Minor II V I progressions are a challenge to perfect compared to its sister progression in major tonalities.  It is also the gateway to really getting inside of jazz standards because you need an equal ability to play over both major and minor chord sequences and the backbone of this vernacular is found within II V I progressions.

A very cool methodology to apply to your arsenal when tackling II V I progressions in minor, is to convert each chord to a different melodic minor scale; or you could think of it as superimposing Min(maj7) chords over the II-7(b5), the V7(b9) and of course the I minor triad is a Min(maj7) derivative already.

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New! Joe Hubbard Alien Nation Release

JHB Alien Nation Release

I’m super stoked to announce that we’ve finished mixing for the first single from my new CD called Alien Nation and we are nearly good to go!.  I’ve been working on this project for the past few months with the formidable keyboardist George Whitty (Michael Brecker, Santana, Dave Sanborn, Brecker Bros.) and the legendary drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Robin Ford, Al DiMeola) and I will be releasing it on Monday June 13th.

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Beware of Time Vampires

You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!

Time mismanagement is the number one stumbling block that will hold you back from accomplishing your goals.  Quality time is the single most common element that people lack when attempting to make their practice routine more consistent.  You can never take back time- once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.  Yet, over the years I have witnessed first-hand how people with good intentions in regard to improving their musicianship will allow these blood thirsty Time Vampires to suck the time and energy right out of their ongoing practice routines.

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Practicing with Recorded Music

A common question I get is: “Do you have any tips for practicing with recorded music?”

Your evolution as a player directly reflects what you practice, what you listen to and who you play with.  With that in mind, one of the best ways to improve as a bass player and understand a related style of music is to study, listen and play along with recorded music.  A common problem exists if all you do is aimlessly jam along without pinpointing the specifics of the music that you are attempting to learn.  So, with that in mind, the first tip is to always learn what you want to practice specifically with before you actually start practicing with recorded music.

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Not Enough Time to Practice?

A common email that I often receive goes something like this:

“Hey Joe: I’ve been playing bass for many years and although I love music so much, I just can’t seem to find the time to practice.  What is your advice for how I can improve my skills even if I can’t find enough time to practice my bass?”

Not Enough Time to Practice

The answer to this question is that there are only two aspects that you have to acquire in order to successfully improve as a musician.  The first thing is having the burning desire to do it and the second factor is being able to develop an organised plan of study in order to transform that ‘burning desire’ into action.

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