How The Chord-Scale System Has Failed You: 6 Steps to Freedom With Scales and Modes

    The Chord-scale system has become the most established and widespread method for teaching jazz improvisation...And it's no mystery why. So often, scales—more specifically the modes of the major and melodic minor scales—get passed-off as the most...Read More

    The Chord-scale system has become the most established and widespread method for teaching jazz improvisation...And it's no mystery why. So often, scales—more specifically the modes of the major and melodic...Read More

    10 Things Every Comeback Player Needs to Know

    You’re a musician. Or at least you used to be one...You played an instrument in high school, faithfully took private lessons, and performed at dozens of recitals and concerts. Maybe you even went on to...Read More

    You’re a musician. Or at least you used to be one...You played an instrument in high school, faithfully took private lessons, and performed at dozens of recitals and concerts. Maybe...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...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

    The Secret to Unlocking the Lydian Sound: From Boring Modes to Killing Solos

    Open up any music theory book and you'll find the term "lydian." A funny sounding word that refers to the fourth mode of the major scale. You’ve, no doubt, played this scale. You've probably even...Read More

    Open up any music theory book and you'll find the term "lydian." A funny sounding word that refers to the fourth mode of the major scale. You’ve, no doubt, played...Read More

    The Secrets Behind Herbie Hancock’s One Finger Snap Solo

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    Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this music, performing with masters like...Read More

    Herbie Hancock is one of the most renowned and creative musicians in the world - and for good reason! His career has bridged the gap from the roots of this...Read More

    Unlock Rhythm Changes & Blues With These 6 Melodies

    As musicians, we often treat the songs of the jazz repertoire in the same predictable way. We learn the chords, memorize the notes of the melody, and then we skip ahead to the important stuff...Read More

    As musicians, we often treat the songs of the jazz repertoire in the same predictable way. We learn the chords, memorize the notes of the melody, and then we skip...Read More

    Modal Jazz 101 – Tricks, Tips, & Approaches From Miles Davis

    Always searching for a new sound to explore and share with the world, jazz musicians are constantly trying to evolve and push the music forward, reaching for something different and exciting... And this is exactly...Read More

    Always searching for a new sound to explore and share with the world, jazz musicians are constantly trying to evolve and push the music forward, reaching for something different and...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...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

    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...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

    Reality Check: Motivating Yourself to Better Musicianship

    It's been a few weeks since the new year when we posted articles on setting goals and making musical resolutions. Did you make some resolutions this year? If so, how are they holding up? Maybe...Read More

    It's been a few weeks since the new year when we posted articles on setting goals and making musical resolutions. Did you make some resolutions this year? If so, how...Read More

    5 Roy Hargrove Phrases to Master Yardbird Suite

    One thing that often gets lost in the music theory and technical exercises of our daily practice is the fact that improvisation at it's core, is musical storytelling... Think about it, any tune that you...Read More

    One thing that often gets lost in the music theory and technical exercises of our daily practice is the fact that improvisation at it's core, is musical storytelling... Think about...Read More

    Master All the Things You Are – Part I: The A Section

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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...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”...Read More

    All Blues – Miles, Coltrane, & Cannonball Techniques

    Have you ever tried to play over a so-called easy tune, only to find that it’s not actually that easy? All Blues, one of the most incredible tracks from the legendary Miles Davis album Kind...Read More

    Have you ever tried to play over a so-called easy tune, only to find that it’s not actually that easy? All Blues, one of the most incredible tracks from the...Read More

    Want to Master Rhythm Changes? Here are Six Solos that You Should Know…

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    Here's a question for you...Are you making the process of learning to play jazz standards harder than it has to be? ...searching for answers in theory books, obsessing over scales, and turning your daily practice session...Read More

    Here's a question for you...Are you making the process of learning to play jazz standards harder than it has to be? ...searching for answers in theory books, obsessing over scales, and...Read More

    Mastering Essential Chord Progressions: Major to Parallel Minor

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    When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... You see, the secret to improving with standards doesn't lie...Read More

    When it comes to learning tunes, expanding your repertoire, and improving the way you improvise over jazz standards, most players are taking the wrong approach... You see, the secret to...Read More

    9 Jazz Standards That’ll Boost Your Melodic Skills

    You know the routine…You pick out a new tune, read through the melody, and start to work on a solo. You've got a few ideas, throw in a couple of your favorite licks, and follow...Read More

    You know the routine…You pick out a new tune, read through the melody, and start to work on a solo. You've got a few ideas, throw in a couple of...Read More