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Master the Transcription Process: A Step-by-Step Guide to Learning fro …

Eric 19 minute read

In fact, some of the most important and downright essential concepts for learning this music (practice, ear training, technique) were often passed over with a few words: “Make sure you can hear those changes. Get that line together in all keys. You gotta know your intervals. Just play what you hear!”  Solid advice ...Read More

Mulgrew Miller’s Secrets to All the Things You Are

Forrest 9 minute read

His lines flow perfectly. His ides are seemingly never-ending. The guy just doesn’t make a mistake!! As a kid, I remember hearing Mulgrew on my favorite Kenny Garret albums, on the later recordings of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, and of course, his classic album, Live at Yoshis, recorded at one ...Read More

Chord Function: Music Theory Fundamentals You Need To Know

Forrest 18 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 9 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

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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Fundamental Courses


Melodic Power Course

Melodic Power Course

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.

Jazz Visualization Course

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

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.

Reprogramming The Musical Mind

Reprogramming 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.