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

Miles Davis: The Power of the Triad

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

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

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

How Master Improvisers Actually Think About Tunes

As a musician, you often find yourself listening to the best improvisers you can. Searching for inspiration, guidance, and answers to the challenges you're facing. Especially when it comes to those records that include the same jazz standards you’re trying to learn... You want to figure out exactly what your ...Read More

As a musician, you often find yourself listening to the best improvisers you can. Searching for inspiration, guidance, and answers to the challenges you're facing. Especially when it comes to ...Read More

The Secrets Behind Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap Solo

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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

15 Jazz Improvisation Projects You Can Do at Home

As musicians, we find ourselves in an interesting time. No concerts, no gigs, no rehearsals, and no one else to play with. However, there is one thing we all have more than enough of – practice time. On one hand, this can be a great opportunity to focus on the ...Read More

As musicians, we find ourselves in an interesting time. No concerts, no gigs, no rehearsals, and no one else to play with. However, there is one thing we all have ...Read More

How to Play Jazz Standards Your Way

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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 Crucial Step For Mastering Any Tune You Play

One of the most frustrating things about learning to improvise is the expectation that you can simply jump in and start creating a great solo right away... The belief that you can learn a single scale and sound good over Major chords. Or that you can study a few theory ...Read More

One of the most frustrating things about learning to improvise is the expectation that you can simply jump in and start creating a great solo right away... The belief that ...Read More

You're staring at a chord progression on a lead sheet. Thinking through the first few bars of a jazz standard. You're getting ready to start your solo and carefully choosing the first phrase you'll play... It's finally time to show off the stuff you've been working on. Time to create ...Read More

You're staring at a chord progression on a lead sheet. Thinking through the first few bars of a jazz standard. You're getting ready to start your solo and carefully choosing ...Read More