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Cello Lessons: “Straight No Chaser”

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[MUSIC]
The jazz blues is such an essential
element of the jazz
repertoire that we want
to spend a lot of time working on it and
improvising it.
F and D flat are the most common
keys to play the blues in.
So we want to learn a bunch
of heads in these keys, so
that we can keep calling these
tunes at a jam session and
basically just learn more ways
to approach the Jazz Blues.
So that's what,
Straight No Chaser is here for.
It's another quirky little
melody by Thelonious Monk.
And, yeah as you're working on
improvising in the jazz blues,
I want you to learn this head and
then submit a video with this tune.
And eventually we'll
even do the same thing.
We'll learn Billy's Bounce next.
Billy's Bounce is another Jazz blues
head in F, but before we get there, it's
a little more complicated and beboppy, so
let's start here with Straight No Chaser.
Can't wait to hear you play it.
[MUSIC]