Ever feel like something is missing from your solos?
You spend hours learning tunes and transcribing solos from your favorite recordings, you’ve memorized the chord progressions and diligently practiced the tricky fingerings, but when you listen back something is off.
And it’s frustrating because you can’t quite place your finger on the problem…
You’re playing the same songs, the same chords, and even the same notes, yet that player on the recording sounds shockingly better.
Each musical phrase is confident, each note makes you tap your foot, however your own playing sounds flat and unexciting.
The problem isn’t your grasp of music theory, it isn’t your note choices, and it’s not your sound. So what is it?
The culprit is your time.
One of the most ignored aspects of musicianship, especially for struggling improvisers, is what we call “time” – swinging, rhythmic feel, and groove. In fact, the core of modern jazz education is centered around an intellectual approach to harmony – scales, chords, and harmonic progressions…
All of those classes and lessons essentially teach you how to count. You play four beats in a measure, you learn about dividing each bar into quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, 16th’s…
But improvising isn’t just about playing the right notes at the right time, it’s about sharing a message, telling a story through music. To do this you need to develop the rhythmic element of your playing.
However, time often gets overlooked because unlike harmony, it’s hard to place into words or … Read More