How to Practice in Your Head – Brain Training 101 For Jazz Musicians

After hours spent in the practice room are you still having trouble remembering the chord changes to a standard you endlessly practiced, or the details of a jazz line you drilled over and over? Why can’t you remember all this stuff, even after you’ve practiced it? Is the answer more ...Read More

After hours spent in the practice room are you still having trouble remembering the chord changes to a standard you endlessly practiced, or the details of a jazz line you ...Read More

It's time to get down to business...The business of finding out if you're on track to achieve your musical goals and develop into the musician you want to become. While we often focus on the solos of master musicians and important improvisation concepts here at JazzAdvice, today we're going to ...Read More

It's time to get down to business...The business of finding out if you're on track to achieve your musical goals and develop into the musician you want to become. While ...Read More

How to Think Like a Pro Jazz Musician: Michael Brecker and The Power of Simplicity

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It sounds so complex. So difficult. So advanced. Great jazz musicians sound as though they're implementing highly complex and difficult concepts that mere mortals could never hope to access, but in reality, professionals think simpler than you'd ever imagine. It's the beginners and intermediates who study the pros and abstract ...Read More

It sounds so complex. So difficult. So advanced. Great jazz musicians sound as though they're implementing highly complex and difficult concepts that mere mortals could never hope to access, but ...Read More

What is a jazz musician's most important tool? Is it their ear? Their technique? The concepts at their disposal? All of these are extremely important, but without this one specific tool, they’re all useless… The jazz musician's most important tool is their memory. Harold Mabern used to drive this point ...Read More

What is a jazz musician's most important tool? Is it their ear? Their technique? The concepts at their disposal? All of these are extremely important, but without this one specific ...Read More

If you’re serious about reaching your musical potential or stepping up your jazz improvisation game then the majority of your time as a musician should be spent in one place: The practice room. It’s where you’ll do the dirty work of pursuing your musical goals and where you'll build your ...Read More

If you’re serious about reaching your musical potential or stepping up your jazz improvisation game then the majority of your time as a musician should be spent in one place: ...Read More

What Should I Practice? The 3 Essential Pieces to Practicing Jazz Improvisation: A Fr …

Nearly every day we get asked, "What should I practice?" And, this is not an easy question to answer. In fact, it's pretty complicated. So, in an attempt to help everyone who has always wondered what to practice and what professionals practice, I began to put together what I had ...Read More

Nearly every day we get asked, "What should I practice?" And, this is not an easy question to answer. In fact, it's pretty complicated. So, in an attempt to help ...Read More

Use the Power of Visualization to Improve Faster than Ever. We’ll show you how …

Picture this. You’re backstage before a big performance waiting for your turn to step into the spotlight. A few steps away from the curtain you can hear the murmur of the audience and your pulse starts to race. You take a deep breath and confidently walk onstage. The heat of the ...Read More

Picture this. You’re backstage before a big performance waiting for your turn to step into the spotlight. A few steps away from the curtain you can hear the murmur of the ...Read More

Happy New Year! 8 Musical Resolutions That Will Change Your Playing

Anew year is the perfect time to look back at what you've accomplished in the practice room and to look forward  to what you still wish to achieve as a musician. It's also a great time to make a fresh start, to realign yourself musically, and to set some new ...Read More

Anew year is the perfect time to look back at what you've accomplished in the practice room and to look forward  to what you still wish to achieve as a ...Read More

Overcoming Mental Limitations in Music

Ican’t. We’ve all said these fateful words at one point or another. Fill in the blank for your own situation. “I can’t (____)”...draw, run long distances, wake up early, stop eating cheesecake. Every day there are literally dozens of things that we convince ourselves that we simply cannot do, and ...Read More

Ican’t. We’ve all said these fateful words at one point or another. Fill in the blank for your own situation. “I can’t (____)”...draw, run long distances, wake up early, stop ...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 jazz lines that you want to play? Playing what you hear sounds so easy in ...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