Mastering jazz improvisation seems simple in theory…
At least every great player makes it sound that way.
And on paper it all looks pretty straight forward.
Memorize the chords, learn a few scales, and listen to the masters. With a little practice and transcription you’re good to go – you can almost hear the dazzling solos you’re destined to play!
But when you actually try improvise…it’s not that simple.
And the truth is, it’s not simple for anybody.
But as time goes by certain players start to sound remarkably different, almost as if they’ve found a secret that makes the entire process easy. While everyone else is left struggling in the practice room with the same old exercises.
So what are these great players doing differently from everybody else?
What exactly is it that makes the difference between a polished pro and another amateur hacking away at a tune?
Today we’ll look at the 5 ways you can start approaching improvisation like a pro…
I) It all starts in the practice room
I know what you’re thinking – every musician practices.
But the best musicians approach the idea of ‘practicing‘ and the process of learning in a unique way. And this subtle shift can make a world of difference in your playing.
You see, most players get pushed into the practice room by external forces. Parents, teachers, peers, or even a nagging sense of duty and obligation as a musician. After all, you’re supposed to practice … Read More