100 New Years Resloution Ideas to Get You Amped For 2011

Stuck in the same monotonous pattern? Not excited about playing lately? It’s time to start with a clean slate and welcome in the new year feeling motivated.

Here’s 100 ideas to reinvigorate your energy for the music. Read through the list and pick one that gets you excited. Then, just do it.

  1. Transcribe your first solo
  2. Learn one tune straight from the record
  3. Practice at least 30 minutes daily
  4. Learn a tune in all keys
  5. Read a biography of a famous jazz musician
  6. Learn basic piano voicings
  7. Write your first tune
  8. Learn a ii V line in all keys
  9. Learn a simple blues head in all keys
  10. Visualize every night before you go to bed
  11. Master all your intervals
  12. Learn to play in 3
  13. Play well over “Cherokee
  14. Learn to stay focused while you practice
  15. Transcribe a solo of someone who doesn’t play your instrument
  16. Commit to 15 minutes of daily ear training
  17. Practice at least an hour daily
  18. Find a new favorite musician on your instrument
  19. Do something athletic everyday
  20. Read Thinking in Jazz by Paul Berliner
  21. Replace the stupid videos you watch on youtube with classic jazz recordings
  22. Learn a chorus of a transcribed solo in all keys
  23. Seek out new music everyday
  24. Learn a bebop head like “Confirmation” in all keys
  25. Play duo with a drummer
  26. Listen to classical music
  27. Work out simple melodies like ‘Happy Birthday” on your horn by ear
  28. Master the key of F# major
  29. Learn how to hear and sing bass lines
  30. Transcribe a solo over Rhythm Changes
  31. Work on your articulation
  32. Visualize a tune you’re working on every night before you go to bed
  33. Write a tune over a blues
  34. Learn your first ballad
  35. Delve into the music of Monk
  36. Play with people below your level
  37. Understand the progression in “Giant Steps
  38. Learn how to play over half-diminished chords
  39. Hear and sing the third of a major chord
  40. Practice with a metronome on beats 2 and 4
  41. Sing a blues solo instead of playing it
  42. Learn basic guitar voicings
  43. Transcribe a solo over a Blues
  44. Work on your tone
  45. Listen to and study a twelve tone composition
  46. Know what the #11 sounds like on a major chord
  47. Learn “All The Things You Are” to the point where you’d feel comfortable recording it
  48. Learn how to draw and see how that changes your outlook on jazz improv
  49. Listen to the latest pop hits
  50. Practice the Bach Cello Suites
  51. Learn a iii Vi ii V turnaround line in all keys
  52. Be regimented with your time
  53. Play with just a bass player
  54. Learn to hear the rhythm section in your head, even when they’re not playing
  55. Pick something to sightread and work on it
  56. Learn to play in 5
  57. Transcribe a Charlie Parker solo
  58. Find a new favorite musician not on your instrument
  59. Learn another language and see how that changes your outlook on jazz improv
  60. Master the Key of Db major
  61. Listen deeply to Brahms’s symphonies
  62. Throw your real book in the trash
  63. Take chances musically and non-musically
  64. Get your first gig
  65. Reharmonize a standard
  66. Share a musical concept with a fellow musician
  67. Do something not musical everyday
  68. Inspire a child to start playing an instrument
  69. Understand how to use melodic minor
  70. Re-listen to classic recordings you haven’t listened to in a while
  71. Learn basic jazz drumming
  72. Practice at least 2 hours daily
  73. Go see live jazz
  74. Look up your favorite musician on youtube
  75. Do something artistic that’s not music
  76. Use the latest pop hits for ear training exercises
  77. Visualize a chord progression you’re working on every night before you go to bed
  78. Learn to find flow through music
  79. Take a lesson with your favorite living musician
  80. Delve into the music of Wayne Shorter
  81. Record a practice session and kindly critique it
  82. Get a drum practice pad and practice drum rudiments
  83. Play with non-jazz musicians
  84. Learn how to use Finale or Sibelius
  85. Be flexible with your time
  86. Inspire a child to listen to jazz
  87. Learn an entire transcribed solo in all keys
  88. Play with people above your level
  89. Be able to identify all of Beethoven’s symphonies
  90. Go see your favorite jazz musician perform
  91. Learn to play in 7
  92. Visualize a scale you’re working on every night before you go to bed
  93. Watch Glenn Gould videos on youtube
  94. Practice 4 hours a day
  95. Listen to the Beatles
  96. Go to a yoga class
  97. Watch Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” video (free on Netflix Instant-play)
  98. Listen to Bill Evans on “Piano Jazz”
  99. Practice what you suck at
  100. Ask Jazzadvice a question you’ve always been curious about