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Hot House – How to Unravel Complex Bebop Heads

Forrest
18 min read
Lesson Topics: Composition Ear Training Jazz Standards

Bebop “heads,” what jazz players sometimes call the melody of a tune, tend to be some of the trickiest and most technically demanding strings of notes you’re likely to encounter. Much busier than classic jazz standards, these intricate melodies are generally more difficult to learn, understand, and commit to memory. ...Read More

Bebop “heads,” what jazz players sometimes call the melody of a tune, tend to be some of the trickiest and most technically demanding strings of notes you’re likely to encounter. ...Read More

Unlock Rhythm Changes & Blues With These 6 Melodies

Eric
19 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Blues Jazz Standards Tunes

As musicians, we often treat the songs of the jazz repertoire in the same predictable way. We learn the chords, memorize the notes of the melody, and then we skip ahead to the important stuff - Improvising our own solos over the tune... But is this really all that jazz ...Read More

As musicians, we often treat the songs of the jazz repertoire in the same predictable way. We learn the chords, memorize the notes of the melody, and then we skip ...Read More

How to build your jazz vocabulary fast

Forrest
15 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Language How to Practice Jazz Jazz Musicians

When you’re first starting out on your journey learning how to play jazz, you'll typically come across two different camps of how to go about things... One camp believes that you need a lot of music theory, particularly scales and modes, along with an understanding of how modes are applied ...Read More

When you’re first starting out on your journey learning how to play jazz, you'll typically come across two different camps of how to go about things... One camp believes that ...Read More

The Art of Jazz Phrasing: Six Secrets from Chet Baker

Eric
18 min read
Lesson Topics: Premium Only Jazz Musicians Playing Techniques
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Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's what we often refer to as phrasing... The ability to take a tune, hear its melody, understand its chord progression, ...Read More

Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's ...Read More

Modal Jazz 101 – Tricks, Tips, & Approaches From Miles Davi …

Forrest
21 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Music Theory Tunes

Always searching for a new sound to explore and share with the world, jazz musicians are constantly trying to evolve and push the music forward, reaching for something different and exciting... And this is exactly how modal jazz came about. Legends like Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, ...Read More

Always searching for a new sound to explore and share with the world, jazz musicians are constantly trying to evolve and push the music forward, reaching for something different and ...Read More

The Art of Jazz Phrasing: Six Secrets from Chet Baker

Eric
18 min read
Lesson Topics: Premium Only Jazz Musicians Playing Techniques
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Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's what we often refer to as phrasing... The ability to take a tune, hear its melody, understand its chord progression, ...Read More

Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's ...Read More

4 Kenny Garrett Patterns to Get Outside on Rhythm Changes

Forrest
15 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Jazz Standards Playing Techniques Premium Only
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For a long time, patterns in jazz have been popular as a way for jazz improvisers to expand their improvisational toolkit. You see, patterns have a natural order to them that make them perfect for many jazz different improvisation applications. But every great musician uses patterns in their own unique ...Read More

For a long time, patterns in jazz have been popular as a way for jazz improvisers to expand their improvisational toolkit. You see, patterns have a natural order to them ...Read More

The Sonny Rollins II-V Workbook: 8 Exercises from Pent-Up House [PDF]

Eric
5 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only Transcribing
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Sonny Rollins is one of those rare musical masters that seems to have it all figured out when it comes to improvisation. And if you're a musician that's been searching for the missing answers to improve your solos on the jazz repertoire, he's the perfect player to study. ...especially if ...Read More

Sonny Rollins is one of those rare musical masters that seems to have it all figured out when it comes to improvisation. And if you're a musician that's been searching ...Read More

The Clifford Brown Workbook: 11 Exercises on Joy Spring [PDF]

Eric
6 min read
Lesson Topics: Premium Only Jazz Musicians
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Clifford Brown is one of those rare musicians that always seems to play the perfect solo. Every phrase is expertly crafted, every note is musical, and each idea is delivered with impeccable sound ... If you're sitting here like me, wishing you had even one of these qualites in your ...Read More

Clifford Brown is one of those rare musicians that always seems to play the perfect solo. Every phrase is expertly crafted, every note is musical, and each idea is delivered ...Read More

Master All The Things You Are Part III: The Walkdown

Eric
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Jazz Standards Premium Only Tunes
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All the Things You Are is one of the first tunes musicians learn when it comes to jazz improvisation. But unlike many players think, it’s not exactly an “easy tune” or something that only beginners should play… While each section poses unique challenges, the Final 'A' section contains essential musical concepts ...Read More

All the Things You Are is one of the first tunes musicians learn when it comes to jazz improvisation. But unlike many players think, it’s not exactly an “easy tune” or ...Read More

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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, boxing, 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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