Charles Mingus documentary: “Mingus On Mingus”


The feature-length documentary is the journey of a grandson searching for the truth behind the legend of the grandfather he never knew. Surrounded by controversy for his polemic actions and his unpredictability, the enigmatic figure of his grandfather became a jazz icon. The documentary opens doors to unknown facets of a composer who left one of the largest musical legacies of 20th Century American music. It is the path of his grandson, looking at the life of his grandfather through the eyes of those he touched and inspired, and through the locations where he lived and composed his art. The film rediscovers both, the man and the artist: Charles Mingus.

There are many perspectives of my grandfather that have not had a place in defining his legacy… I am seeking them out to understand him beyond myth, fable or a singular vision of his work. We have begun to create a platform where we can use the ideals of jazz in the art of making a film                                        

– Kevin Ellington Mingus.

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How To Play Classical Guitar Tremolo


Guitar Tremolo is the rapid reiteration of a string: plucking of the same string, although not necessarily on the same note many times, quickly and next to each other (although usually separated by a melody in the thumb). In this instance, while there will still be “preparation,” per se, it will not be evident and will definitely be lacking if the speed has not been gradually increased.

Finger alterations that are commonly used are:

  • “p, m, i” for slower, three note tremolos, with the thumb picking out the melody
  • “p, a, i” for faster three note tremolos, with the melody in the thumb
  • “p, a, m, i” for a four note tremolo, with the melody in the thumb
  • “p, c, a, m, i” for a five note tremolo, although it is rarely used. Also, as the pinky is not a very popular finger to be used, and guitarists usually find a substitute fingering, derived from either a three note and a two note alteration (“p, a, i” followed by “p, m” or “p, i”)

Asturias (Leyenda) – Example for guitar tremolo

Asturias (Leyenda) tremolo
– in this example, we use “p, a, m, i”  to play fast tremolo with right hand.

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How To Play Classical Guitar Tremolo

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Some of guitar lessons and training you can find online  for free are quite descent but it hard for beginner to decide what lessons are to learn now and what lessons or techniques should guitarist learn later.
Guitar personal trainer would fix the problem but, unfortunately, not everyone can afford to have one. Personal guitar trainers can be very expensive because guitar learning process can last for years.

Good online training can be very good substitute for personal trainer, especially guitar video lessons that can lead you step by step in guitar world of music.

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Cool Jazz Photos

Jazz Photo Gallery

Here are some cool jazz photos to remind us how it was in the early period of jazz music. If you like it you can download the whole gallery at once! … continue reading this entry.

Introduction to jazz styles

Jazz styles

First, let’s  say something about jazz: “Jazz is a primarily American musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style’s West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.” … continue reading this entry.

Glossary of jazz terms

Glossary of jazz terms

Glossary of jazz terms in one place. It’s a list of common jazz terms from the perspective of the jazz piano student and all other musicians:

Alteration: The raising or lowering of a tone by a half-step, from its diatonic value in a chord. In jazz usage, the fifth and ninth may be raised (augmented) or lowered (diminished); the fourth (or eleventh) may be augmented; the thirteenth may be diminished. … continue reading this entry.

A history of jazz before 1930.

The red hot jazz archive

Great archive with great musicians, biographies, discographies, short jazz films and jazz music before 1930.

“The music called Jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of Ragtime, marching band music and Blues. What differentiated Jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation, often by more than one player at a time. … continue reading this entry.

The most popular jazz site

All about jazz

All about jazz. The world’s most popular jazz site. What to say?
Sign up and create a profile. Become an AAJ member and let more people know about you, your biography and work or your jazz band. … continue reading this entry.

Jazz blog from Croatia

Jazz blog Croatia

JazzyBell blog is jazz blog from Croatia. It’s about jazz, jazz music and jazz musicians.  The authors of the blog are the jazz musicians who form a band named JazzyBell.  … continue reading this entry.

Old time jazz online

Old time jazz

Old time jazz online is one of the cool sites where you can find more than 20.000 jazz old tunes. “You may search any record with indicating the beginning of the word of your interest.” … continue reading this entry.

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