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Are You Trying To Learn Jazz Improvisation in Reverse??

Eric
10 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips

You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach to jazz improvisation that you find in classrooms, private lessons, masterclasses, and practice rooms everywhere. It's what we've come to ...Read More

You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach ...Read More

Discipline For Musicians: How to Get It Without Going Crazy

Forrest
15 min read
Lesson Topics: How to Practice Jazz Inspiration Perspectives

To an outside observer, I look like a disciplined person. The kind of person who works hard and puts the time in to move forward on their goals. And to some degree this is certainly true. I strive to be better, I’m motivated, and I tackle challenges on a daily ...Read More

To an outside observer, I look like a disciplined person. The kind of person who works hard and puts the time in to move forward on their goals. And to ...Read More

Miles Davis: The Power of the Triad

Eric
9 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Chords Playing Techniques

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the musical masters that we look up to isn’t their ability to create incredibly fast and complex lines or even their vast library of harmonic knowledge… It lies in something much more simple – their uncanny ability to take the most fundamental elements of ...Read More

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the musical masters that we look up to isn’t their ability to create incredibly fast and complex lines or even their vast library of ...Read More

How to Get Unstuck – Conquer Any Jazz Tune In 5 Steps

Eric
11 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Tunes

Every musician knows the feeling...You've picked out a tune to learn in the practice room. You've figured out the melody and memorized the chord progression. And you're ready to start improvising your solo. Then it happens...you hit a wall. All of a sudden you can’t seem to find the right ...Read More

Every musician knows the feeling...You've picked out a tune to learn in the practice room. You've figured out the melody and memorized the chord progression. And you're ready to start ...Read More

5 Powerful Storytelling Tactics for Your Next Jazz Solo

Eric
11 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Playing Techniques

Think of a jazz standard that you often play. One that you've been working on in the  practice room. Picture the chord progression in your mind and imagine yourself getting ready to play the first note of your solo. Now stop! This time I want you to take a different ...Read More

Think of a jazz standard that you often play. One that you've been working on in the  practice room. Picture the chord progression in your mind and imagine yourself getting ...Read More

The Secrets Behind Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap Solo

Eric
32 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only
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Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this music, performing with masters like Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter, to exploring the possibilities of improvisation with his own groups.... ...Read More

Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this ...Read More

How to Play Jazz Standards Your Way

Eric
16 min read
Lesson Topics: Premium Only Jazz Standards Tunes
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You're on stage. In the practice room. Or rehearsing with your friends. It's time to run through yet another jazz standard. But here's the thing, this time you're not going play it like you always do. You're done sounding like everyone else with a real book. It's time to get ...Read More

You're on stage. In the practice room. Or rehearsing with your friends. It's time to run through yet another jazz standard. But here's the thing, this time you're not going ...Read More

The Definitive Guide to Phrygian & Sus Flat 9 Chords

Forrest
17 min read
Lesson Topics: Chords Jazz Advice and Tips Premium Only Scales
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After you’ve been improvising jazz for a while, most chords are pretty familiar. You're used to major, minor, dominant, and half diminished…but just as you thought you were getting a handle on things, a chord comes out of nowhere that makes you go “What is that?!?!” And not only do you ...Read More

After you’ve been improvising jazz for a while, most chords are pretty familiar. You're used to major, minor, dominant, and half diminished…but just as you thought you were getting a ...Read More

Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: Major to Parallel Minor

Eric
25 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Chords Jazz Standards Premium Only
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When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... 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 ...Read More

When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... You see, the secret to ...Read More

Expand Your Creativity In Any Solo With These 3 Simple Techniques

Eric
11 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Playing Techniques Premium Only
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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a routine? Going through the motions day in and day out. Performing the same tasks at the same time, no matter what. You can almost predict it like clockwork... The truth is everyone knows this feeling because we're creatures of habit. We ...Read More

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a routine? Going through the motions day in and day out. Performing the same tasks at the same time, no matter what. ...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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