In case you were starting to mistake jazz musicians for super-humans…Or highly talented individuals that know thousands of tunes, have perfect pitch, and transcribe solos in mere minutes, I thought I’d write a post to correct that picture in your mind. In fact, I want to show you one of the most important rules when it comes to learning to improvise…
I want to show you why absorbing one solo or a single tune into your bloodstream is a good thing.
And I want to show you that unless you do this, you’re missing out on the best kind of practice.
Let me show you what I mean…
Too fast & too furious in the practice room
The problem with the way many players practice jazz improvisation is this:
…they are simply trying to do too much at once.
Daily practice becomes a mad rush to cram in tunes, transcribing, memorizing licks, scales in all keys, technical exercises, and ear training.
But despite all of this time and effort, lasting musical progress somehow continues to be elusive.
And here at Jazzadvice, this one of the most common themes we hear from people around the world that are learning to improvise and improve their musicianship – they are overwhelmed.
There is simply too much information out there…and the frustration comes in trying to keep up.
It’s understandable. Many improvisation resources bombard you with music theory information, instructors push you to transcribe solos, and jam sessions put on the pressure to learn more tunes.
But the pressure also comes from inside of us – we’re ambitious and competitive. We push ourselves because we desperately want to get better.
At some point however, you need to start seeing improvement in your playing. You need to start achieving your musical goals…
So how do you absorb the music you’re learning?
Improvement starts with a change in your mindset.
A change from all the jazz theory, the competition, the information overload, and the frustration of trying to keep up…
So take a deep breath.