Demystifying Dominant 7 Alterations: A Visual Guide

Forrest 9 minute read

If you feel this way about altered dominants, you’re not alone. I remember being super confused when teachers would try to explain all these weird altered notes to me. No matter what advice I took, I couldn’t seem to play over them in a way that didn’t sound artificial, like ...Read More

How To Turn Frustration With Your Practice Into Musical Progress

Eric 7 minute read

I’m sure you know the feeling of a frustrating day in the practice room. It’s frustrating because you’ve set aside time in your day specifically for practicing and improvement…but as soon as you start you struggle to get a decent sound. Your reeds are bad, your chops hurt, your technique ...Read More

The practice plan for getting good fast

Forrest 13 minute read

The whole reason you’re practicing is to perform a tune. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But then why does practicing jazz improvisation have to be so complex? Everything you do, whether it be ear training, transcribing, learning language, or anything else…everything leads to performing tunes. This subtle yet powerful point gets ...Read More

How To Master The ii-V-I Progression: 25 Essential Lines You Need To K …

Eric 19 minute read

The same is true if you want to improve your jazz improvisation skills. You need to spend time listening, transcribing solos, building technique, and learning language. But there’s one crucial element that a lot of players seem to avoid… …the ii-V-I progression. If you want to sound great over jazz standards, if you want ...Read More

About Us

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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

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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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.

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.

Melodic Power

 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.

Reprogram 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.