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The Sonny Stitt Playbook – His 2 Exercises to Master Minor

Forrest
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Jazz Language Premium Only Transcribing
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What if you had Sonny Stitt’s practice journal in your hands right now? All his genius lines and exercises written out. Everything, literally everything, complete with diagrams and descriptions of what he practiced…wouldn’t that be nice? Well, unfortunately, unless he’s your relative, chances are this will never be the case. ...Read More

What if you had Sonny Stitt’s practice journal in your hands right now? All his genius lines and exercises written out. Everything, literally everything, complete with diagrams and descriptions of ...Read More

The 6 Steps To Build Your Repertoire and Change How You Learn Tunes

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

Let’s face it, as musicians we're all striving to know more tunes that we can improvise over with ease…because at the end of the day, this is how you get your musical message across to the listener. Whether it’s playing with our fellow musicians, walking into jam sessions, performing concerts ...Read More

Let’s face it, as musicians we're all striving to know more tunes that we can improvise over with ease…because at the end of the day, this is how you get ...Read More

Master All The Things You Are Part II: The Bridge

Eric
13 min read
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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… This is especially true of the Bridge of this popular jazz standard. Hidden ...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” ...Read More

How to Adopt an Improvement Mindset in Music and Everything Else

Eric
9 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Inspiration Perspectives

So you want to change the way you play? To improve your sound and your solos. To become more effortless in your technique. To finally get rid of those bad habits and creative roadblocks in your playing... Every aspiring musician can relate to these feelings and frustrations. But what does ...Read More

So you want to change the way you play? To improve your sound and your solos. To become more effortless in your technique. To finally get rid of those bad ...Read More

The Forgotten Side of Jazz Phrasing: A Lesson With Miles Davis

Forrest
17 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Composition Jazz Standards Rhythm

Phrasing is one of those things that everyone talks about, but most cannot clearly define. Like the concept of “swing,” it’s something you can feel and hear, but as soon as you start trying to use words to describe it, things get pretty ambiguous. First, let’s talk about musical phrases… ...Read More

Phrasing is one of those things that everyone talks about, but most cannot clearly define. Like the concept of “swing,” it’s something you can feel and hear, but as soon ...Read More

The Sonny Stitt Playbook – His 2 Exercises to Master Minor

Forrest
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Musicians Jazz Language Premium Only Transcribing
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What if you had Sonny Stitt’s practice journal in your hands right now? All his genius lines and exercises written out. Everything, literally everything, complete with diagrams and descriptions of what he practiced…wouldn’t that be nice? Well, unfortunately, unless he’s your relative, chances are this will never be the case. ...Read More

What if you had Sonny Stitt’s practice journal in your hands right now? All his genius lines and exercises written out. Everything, literally everything, complete with diagrams and descriptions of ...Read More

Master All The Things You Are Part II: The Bridge

Eric
13 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips Premium Only
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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… This is especially true of the Bridge of this popular jazz standard. Hidden ...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” ...Read More

Master All the Things You Are – Part I: The A Section

Eric
24 min read
Lesson Topics: Jazz Advice and Tips 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... The ability to create a musical solo on this tune requires a surprisingly ...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” ...Read More

Master The Minor Blues: A Deep Dive into John Coltrane’s Mr. P.C.

Forrest
14 min read
Lesson Topics: Blues Jazz Advice and Tips Jazz Musicians Premium Only
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The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most exciting variations and one that’s exceptionally fun to play over for improvisers of all levels, centralizes the harmony around minor ...Read More

The Blues is an essential form to master for every jazz musician, but just like most things in jazz, there are dozens of variations to explore. One of the most ...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

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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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