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The Definitive Guide to Phrygian & Sus Flat 9 Chords

Forrest 17 minute read

This was my experience with Susb9 chords, also called sus7b9, Dominant 7 Sus4 b9, Phrygian Dominant, or just Phrygian chords. I barely knew how to play over a Sus Chord and then all of a sudden this even weirder variation popped up out of nowhere. I was lost. What does ...Read More

How to Beat the “I Don’t Know What to Play” Syndrome …

Eric 9 minute read

It’s finally time to show off the stuff you’ve been working on. Time to create music on the spot instead of running another set of tedious drills in the practice room. But there’s one catch: You can’t think of anything to play. Nada.  You’re not hearing anything in your head, ...Read More

How to Think About Chords & Tunes Like a PRO…

Eric 11 minute read

You could blindfold them, fly them to a jam session halfway around the world, call an obscure tune, and they would somehow be able to create flowing melodic lines that sound great every time. What is it about these players that makes them different from the rest of us? Do ...Read More

5 Must-Know Bebop Tactics From Sonny Stitt

Forrest 13 minute read

And to gain this understanding, jazz education has produced many books, theories, and massive collections of bebop licks that attempt to distill the greatness of this particular set of jazz language down to its essence. In fact years ago, I can recall buying all sorts of books on how to ...Read More

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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.

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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.

Ear Training Method

The Ear Training Method

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Reprogramming The Musical Mind

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About Us

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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