Understanding Chord Tones

    Recently we've gotten a few questions regarding chord tones: how to work on hearing them, how to aim for them in your lines, and how to connect them when you're improvising over a chord progression....Read More

    Recently we've gotten a few questions regarding chord tones: how to work on hearing them, how to aim for them in your lines, and how to connect them when you're...Read More

    3 Simple Steps Toward Playing What You Hear

    You've heard it time and time again...PLAY WHAT YOU HEAR!! But when it comes to improvising jazz, how do you actually go about playing what you're hearing? And how do you mentally hear the beautiful...Read More

    You've heard it time and time again...PLAY WHAT YOU HEAR!! But when it comes to improvising jazz, how do you actually go about playing what you're hearing? And how do...Read More

    How to Completely Learn a Melody in 30 Minutes

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    Everybody talks about learning tunes. I mean everybody. It's the one common thread that pops up at jam sessions, on gigs, in music schools and in conversations with great players. Hey, what tune do you...Read More

    Everybody talks about learning tunes. I mean everybody. It's the one common thread that pops up at jam sessions, on gigs, in music schools and in conversations with great players....Read More

    A Simple Way To Hear Difficult Intervals: The 2-step method

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    Hearing larger intervals is difficult for most people. After a couple weeks of practicing your intervals, half-steps, whole steps, major and minor thirds, perfect fourths, perfect fifths, and major sixths fall into place, but the...Read More

    Hearing larger intervals is difficult for most people. After a couple weeks of practicing your intervals, half-steps, whole steps, major and minor thirds, perfect fourths, perfect fifths, and major sixths...Read More

    The Path to Playing What You’re Hearing

    Play what you're hearing in your head! These are the instructions that numerous books, videos, and educators tell us as we struggle to figure out how to play over chord progressions. The only problem in...Read More

    Play what you're hearing in your head! These are the instructions that numerous books, videos, and educators tell us as we struggle to figure out how to play over chord...Read More

    Getting to the Next Level: 5 Ways to Speed Up Your Musical Progress

    Learning to improvise is a path with many steps leading to many different levels. Contrary to the belief held by some that improvising is a talent, or even a skill allowed to only a special...Read More

    Learning to improvise is a path with many steps leading to many different levels. Contrary to the belief held by some that improvising is a talent, or even a skill...Read More

    Learn to Hear More Music with Selective Listening

    Hey, did you just hear that? Look, did you just see that? Wait, can you feel that? What's that smell? Wait...what?! On a daily basis our senses are bombarded with information. Sights, sounds, smells, and...Read More

    Hey, did you just hear that? Look, did you just see that? Wait, can you feel that? What's that smell? Wait...what?! On a daily basis our senses are bombarded with...Read More

    Harness the Power Of Opposites

    Things are not always what they appear to be. Sometimes the standard advice does not get you where you want to go. Here's an idea: approach what you're trying to achieve by doing the opposite....Read More

    Things are not always what they appear to be. Sometimes the standard advice does not get you where you want to go. Here's an idea: approach what you're trying to...Read More

    Do You Know Your Four Triads?

    In the recent article Hearing in Color, Forrest discussed the technique of how to develop hearing individual chord tones in the context of triads and 7th chords. Just as the individual chord tones in a...Read More

    In the recent article Hearing in Color, Forrest discussed the technique of how to develop hearing individual chord tones in the context of triads and 7th chords. Just as the...Read More

    Hearing in Color: Chord tones in context

    Every chord tone has its own unique sound, its own unique color. Learning to hear these colors brings these sounds to life. This crucial ear training is often overlooked or even talked about. Take your...Read More

    Every chord tone has its own unique sound, its own unique color. Learning to hear these colors brings these sounds to life. This crucial ear training is often overlooked or...Read More

    Fundamental Ear Training: Seventh Chords

    In our first article of Fundamental Ear Training Exercises, we covered how to choose an ear training partner, the correct mindset to approach ear training with, and  exercises about singing & hearing intervals, harmonic intervals,...Read More

    In our first article of Fundamental Ear Training Exercises, we covered how to choose an ear training partner, the correct mindset to approach ear training with, and  exercises about singing...Read More

    Fundamental Ear Training Exercises

    Keep your eyes on the stars but keep your feet on the ground - Theodore Roosevelt. The fundamentals of ear training are largely glossed over. Developing one's ear is seen as a linear track: learn...Read More

    Keep your eyes on the stars but keep your feet on the ground - Theodore Roosevelt. The fundamentals of ear training are largely glossed over. Developing one's ear is seen...Read More

    3 Reasons Why You Should Sing Everyday

    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...Read More

    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...Read More

    Transcribing is NOT Transcribing: How This Misnomer Has Led You Astray

    Tran•scribe - transitive verb. A: to make a written copy of, B: to make a copy of (dictated or recorded matter) in longhand or on a machine, C: to paraphrase or summarize in writing, D:...Read More

    Tran•scribe - transitive verb. A: to make a written copy of, B: to make a copy of (dictated or recorded matter) in longhand or on a machine, C: to paraphrase...Read More

    Hearing Time: Rhythmic Ear Training

    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...Read More

    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...Read More

    How to Hear Chord Changes

    A reader recently wrote: "I was reading your "6 mistakes" article and was intrigued by the first rule. I would be more than happy to toss my lousy sixth edition real book, but have some...Read More

    A reader recently wrote: "I was reading your "6 mistakes" article and was intrigued by the first rule. I would be more than happy to toss my lousy sixth edition...Read More