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Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: Major to Parallel Minor

Eric 18 minute read

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 conjure up melodic lines. …because when it’s your turn to solo, a memorized set of chord symbols or knowing there’s a D7 chord in the ...Read More

Everything You Don’t Know About Minor Harmony in Jazz

Forrest 15 minute read

Compared to major harmony, everyone seems to get totally lost when it comes to minor harmony. It’s as if their teacher said…Ok, here’s The Dorian mode…now you’re all set when it comes to minor…But there’s so much more to minor harmony…in fact, there’s a whole way that chords FUNCTION in ...Read More

Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: The I to IV Relationship

Eric 10 minute read

…and truth be told, this is something that took me a long time to understand. For years I thought that memorizing more chords, more progressions, and more tunes would change the way I improvised. I actually believed that something magical was going to happen to my playing when I memorized ...Read More

Intermediate jazz improvisation: 5 Exercises to boost your jazz langua …

Forrest 9 minute read

An intermediate jazz improviser knows how to utilize language…but how can you start this transition to intermediate and take your progress with jazz language to the next level? Well as a beginner, when you start to acquire jazz language, the first lines you study are usually quite basic, and there’s ...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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Fundamental Courses


Melodic Power Course

Melodic Power Course

A powerful Video Course & eBook for all levels, that will guide you through the nuts-and-bolts of how to improvise strong melodies on the most common chords.

Jazz Visualization Course

Jazz Visualization Course

In this course, you'll discover techniques for mastering chord symbols, chord tones and common progressions on a deeper level than ever before.

Ear Training Method

The Ear Training Method

The Ear Training Method is an in-depth ear training course designed to quickly improve your ear. Break free from the written page and play the music you hear.

Reprogramming The Musical Mind

Reprogramming The Musical Mind

Reprogramming The Musical Mind is a 30 day audio course for every musician which reprograms your mind to reach your optimal creative state as a musician.