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The Two Types of Chords You’ll Find in Any Piece of Music

Eric
9 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Chords Tunes

Here’s something that you've probably realized by now on your musical journey…that jazz improvisation can get very complicated, very quickly. In the blink of an eye your enjoyable musical hobby can transform into something that feels a little bit like homework - a tricky exercise with right and wrong answers. ...Read More

Here’s something that you've probably realized by now on your musical journey…that jazz improvisation can get very complicated, very quickly. In the blink of an eye your enjoyable musical hobby ...Read More

How to Decode Greatness – The Process to Solve Any Musical Probl …

Forrest
17 min read
Lesson Topics: How to Practice Jazz Jazz Language Rhythm Tunes

Every single musician to ever embark on learning to improvise jazz runs into countless musical problems. That’s just the way it is. One problem after another, figuring out different ways to approach a progression in hopes of clarifying their musical ideas and better communicating them to the listener. So if ...Read More

Every single musician to ever embark on learning to improvise jazz runs into countless musical problems. That’s just the way it is. One problem after another, figuring out different ways ...Read More

How to Play in 3/4 Time: Hank Mobley on Someday My Prince Will Come

Forrest
11 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Jazz Standards Rhythm

Of all the time signatures that we encounter in jazz or any other music, the most common by far is 4/4, meaning it has 4 beats per measure and a quarter note is equal to each beat. In fact, 4/4 is so common that it’s actually called “common time” and ...Read More

Of all the time signatures that we encounter in jazz or any other music, the most common by far is 4/4, meaning it has 4 beats per measure and a ...Read More

Master The Minor Blues: A Deep Dive into John Coltrane’s Mr. P.C.

Forrest
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Blues Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only
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The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most exciting variations and one that’s exceptionally fun to play over for improvisers of all levels, centralizes the harmony around minor ...Read More

The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most ...Read More

Are You Trying To Learn Jazz Improvisation in Reverse??

Eric
10 min read
Lesson Topics: How to Practice Jazz Perspectives

You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach to jazz improvisation that you find in classrooms, private lessons, masterclasses, and practice rooms everywhere. It's what we've come to ...Read More

You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach ...Read More

Master The Minor Blues: A Deep Dive into John Coltrane’s Mr. P.C.

Forrest
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Blues Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only
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The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most exciting variations and one that’s exceptionally fun to play over for improvisers of all levels, centralizes the harmony around minor ...Read More

The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most ...Read More

The Secrets Behind Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap Solo

Eric
32 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only
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Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this music, performing with masters like Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, to exploring the possibilities of improvisation with his own groups.... ...Read More

Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this ...Read More

How to Play Jazz Standards Your Way

Eric
16 min read
Lesson Topics: Premium Only Jazz Standards Tunes
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You're on stage. In the practice room. Or rehearsing with your friends. It's time to run through yet another jazz standard. But here's the thing, this time you're not going play it like you always do. You're done sounding like everyone else with a real book. It's time to get ...Read More

You're on stage. In the practice room. Or rehearsing with your friends. It's time to run through yet another jazz standard. But here's the thing, this time you're not going ...Read More

The Definitive Guide to Phrygian & Sus Flat 9 Chords

Forrest
17 min read
Lesson Topics: Chords Jazz Advice and Tips Premium Only Scales
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After you’ve been improvising jazz for a while, most chords are pretty familiar. You're used to major, minor, dominant, and half diminished…but just as you thought you were getting a handle on things, a chord comes out of nowhere that makes you go “What is that?!?!” And not only do you ...Read More

After you’ve been improvising jazz for a while, most chords are pretty familiar. You're used to major, minor, dominant, and half diminished…but just as you thought you were getting a ...Read More

Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: Major to Parallel Minor

Eric
25 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Chords Jazz Standards Premium Only
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When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... You see, the secret to improving with standards doesn't lie in making long lists, spending hours memorizing chord progressions, and then trying your best to ...Read More

When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... You see, the secret to ...Read More

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Forrest Wernick
Forrest Wernick

From the Bay Area, he's lived throughout the country in California, Colorado, and New York, learning and playing music. He's studied extensively with Rich Perry, Mulgrew Miller, and a whole lot of other amazing musicians. When he's not playing saxophone, you can find him traveling, writing, trail running, and training in Muay Thai.

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Eric O'Donnell
Eric O'donnell

Originally from Northeast Ohio, he moved to New York/New Jersey to go to graduate school. He's studied with greats such as Bill Mobley, Mulgrew Miller, Ingrid Jensen, and many more. In his free time he's usually working out, reading, or training for a marathon.

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