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How to write a ‘one bar blues’ (featuring an original blues, ‘Barbara’s New Digs’)

Throughout his career as a composer, Thelonious Monk composed a number of tunes that use the twelve-bar blues progression.  Among these are tunes based on one-bar motives or ‘riffs’ which Monk transposes and alters in various ways, which might be … Continue reading

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