The Art of Jazz Phrasing: Six Secrets from Chet Baker

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Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's what we often refer to as phrasing... The ability to take a tune, hear its melody, understand its chord progression, ...Read More

Beyond scales, music theory, and all those memorized licks lies something that gets to the core of what improvisation is all about - the art of crafting musical ideas. It's ...Read More

When I started learning how to improvise, the one thing I really wanted to figure out was how to create improvised lines like my musical heroes… Listening to players like Miles, Bird, Coltrane, and countless others, I wanted to learn exactly which notes to choose on a chord and how ...Read More

When I started learning how to improvise, the one thing I really wanted to figure out was how to create improvised lines like my musical heroes… Listening to players like ...Read More

Learn the Secrets Behind This Crazy Freddie Hubbard Line

There is a common saying in learning the art of jazz improvisation... "If you want to sound like your favorite player, don't just copy them, copy their musical heroes." The logic goes, that rather than just copying and reproducing a master musician's solo note for note, you should also model ...Read More

There is a common saying in learning the art of jazz improvisation... "If you want to sound like your favorite player, don't just copy them, copy their musical heroes." The ...Read More

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you spend your fair share of time in the practice room honing your musical skills. All in preparation for that moment when you can close your eyes and begin improvising your own musical ideas… Everyone knows that practice is an essential part of daily ...Read More

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you spend your fair share of time in the practice room honing your musical skills. All in preparation for that moment when you can ...Read More

5 Simple Things You Can Do Today To Play Better Solos

You’re constantly practicing, listening, and striving to improve your ability to improvise…yet for some strange reason, the next level of playing somehow seems to elude you. Etudes aren't doing the trick. Scale patterns have become boring and predictable. And memorized lines simply won't translate into amazing musical phrases. Despite all ...Read More

You’re constantly practicing, listening, and striving to improve your ability to improvise…yet for some strange reason, the next level of playing somehow seems to elude you. Etudes aren't doing the ...Read More

The Sonny Rollins II-V Workbook: 8 Exercises from Pent-Up House [PDF]

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Sonny Rollins is one of those rare musical masters that seems to have it all figured out when it comes to improvisation. And if you're a musician that's been searching for the missing answers to improve your solos on the jazz repertoire, he's the perfect player to study. ...especially if ...Read More

Sonny Rollins is one of those rare musical masters that seems to have it all figured out when it comes to improvisation. And if you're a musician that's been searching ...Read More

How to Stop Playing the Same Ideas in Every Solo

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that you’re playing the same solo over and over again? As if you’re traveling down a familiar well-worn path in every single tune, regardless of the key, the tempo, or even the chord progression… Minor chords get your favorite minor lines, major chords ...Read More

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that you’re playing the same solo over and over again? As if you’re traveling down a familiar well-worn path in every single tune, ...Read More

The Clifford Brown Workbook: 11 Exercises on Joy Spring [PDF]

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Clifford Brown is one of those rare musicians that always seems to play the perfect solo. Every phrase is expertly crafted, every note is musical, and each idea is delivered with impeccable sound ... If you're sitting here like me, wishing you had even one of these qualites in your ...Read More

Clifford Brown is one of those rare musicians that always seems to play the perfect solo. Every phrase is expertly crafted, every note is musical, and each idea is delivered ...Read More

Why Your Big Goals Are Hijacking Your Musical Progress

Setting goals is an essential part of improving at anything you do…whether it’s learning a language, getting in shape, or mastering an instrument and building your skills as an improviser. You see, your goals are those big targets that you're aiming for out in the distance. The accomplishments you daydream ...Read More

Setting goals is an essential part of improving at anything you do…whether it’s learning a language, getting in shape, or mastering an instrument and building your skills as an improviser. ...Read More

Master All The Things You Are Part III: The Walkdown

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All the Things You Are is one of the first tunes musicians learn when it comes to jazz improvisation. But unlike many players think, it’s not exactly an “easy tune” or something that only beginners should play… While each section of this classic standard poses its own unique challenges, the Final ...Read More

All the Things You Are is one of the first tunes musicians learn when it comes to jazz improvisation. But unlike many players think, it’s not exactly an “easy tune” or ...Read More