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Chord Function: Music Theory Fundamentals You Need To Know

Forrest 20 minute read

Whether you’re just learning how to improvise or if you’ve been playing jazz for a long time, chord function can still be one of those things that doesn’t quite make sense because it’s a very deep topic. Understanding the how and why behind chord function will allow you to learn ...Read More

Why Melody is the Secret to Playing Better Jazz Solos

Eric 12 minute read

This is all useful information. And it will help you understand the harmonic function and music theory behind all those jazz standards. But it’s missing one essential piece to creating exceptional solos – one word that can mean the difference between years of frustrated scale practice and actually making music… ...Read More

The Part of Practicing Music That No One Talks About

Forrest 13 minute read

Everyone talks about how to practice jazz as if all you have to do is transcribe, learn tunes, and a few jazz scales…and voila!! You’re playing jazz!! If only it were this easy and straightforward… Of course these are all good things. Through transcribing you can learn language. Working on ...Read More

Why This Simple Jazz Transcription Hack Will Change Your Playing

Eric 10 minute read

After a few minutes, a well known trumpet player steps out and we start a conversation. I tell him I’ve been trying to learn Kenny Dorham’s approach to chords. That I’ve been searching for records and trying to understand his musical concept. And I also concede that I haven’t been ...Read More

Your Guide To Learning Jazz In All Keys

Eric 16 minute read

And it’s especially important for musicians that are striving to get to the next level with the nuts and bolts of jazz improvisation. However, attaining freedom in all keys with every single aspect of music can often seem like a chore, even an insurmountable task. But if you have the right ...Read More

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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OUR FUNDAMENTAL COURSES WILL TAKE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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.