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Improv Column: Pentatonic Scales by Wayne McConnell

Pentatonic Scales    A Pentatonic Scale is simply any scale with 5 notes in.  Pentatonic scales can be very simple sounding, they have an earthy, natural quality but they can also be used in a way that makes them harmonically rich and interesting.  Most of you will be familiar with the basic pentatonic scales for…

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Improv Column: Memorising Tunes by Wayne McConnell

Committed to Committing it to Memory   You would think learning songs would be a relatively simple exercise and in many ways it is.  In jazz however, simply knowing the song is not really enough.  As improvisers, we want to be able to feel completely relaxed with the material that we are improvising on.  Learning…

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Live Review: Wayne McConnell Trio at All Saints Church

Wayne McConnell/Steve Thompson/Piers Clark All Saints Church, Hove Wednesday 9th July, 2014          This was another enjoyable concert in the lovely setting of All Saints Church in Hove, this time with ace rhythm guitarist Piers Clark and multi-talented bassist Steve Thompson backing pianist Wayne McConnell.     Although this was an all-acoustic group, the…