the path to finding your own voice

The Path to Finding Your Own Voice

By

Eric

Composition, Inspiration, Playing Techniques

The notion of being original and innovative goes hand-in-hand with the idea of improvisation. The inspired act of being in the moment, creating on the fly with others in a group setting, and ultimately developing an original voice are all central ideas when it comes to jazz and improvisation. Musicians everywhere, from beginning improvisers struggling …

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singing for the jazz musician

3 Reasons Why You Should Sing Everyday

By

Eric

Composition, Ear Training, Transcribing

Have you ever wondered why great pianists, guitarists, bassists, and drummers often sing along as they improvise? Ever noticed how many of the best horn players also happen to be great singers? Great musicians all over, seem to have developed the ability to sing somewhere along the way, whether they’ve had formal training or not. …

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rhythmic ear training

Hearing Time: Rhythmic Ear Training

By

Eric

Composition, Ear Training, Playing Techniques

On this site we frequently write about the benefits of ear training for improvising, with  good reason. Hearing and singing intervals, melodies, chord progressions, etc. is one area of daily practice that will directly affect your improvising for the better. However, ear training isn’t only limited to improving your harmonic sensitivity. Developing rhythmic awareness and …

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4 Ways to Use the Melodic Minor Scale

By

Eric

Chords, Composition, Music Theory

The melodic minor scale is a scale that every musician should be familiar with and eventually master. But what many players don’t realize is that this scale encompasses much more than 8 notes to drill in the practice room… Aside from a minor scale variation to memorize, the melodic minor scale presents a number of …

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