seeking out words of wisdom

Seeking Out Words of Wisdom

By

Eric

Inspiration

In practicing improvisation, one common pitfall that we run into is expecting to find the secrets of jazz all by ourselves. We gather our books and recordings and head into the practice room determined to overcome the difficulties of improvisation with an army of one. What’s the big deal, you taught yourself Spanish, so how …

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how to be a mediocre musician

How To Be Mediocre

By

Forrest

Inspiration, Perspectives

While we typically focus on ways to improve, this article is all about how to be mediocre. Now, chances are you don’t want to be mediocre, so while many of these listed points are tongue-in-cheek, they will provide you with insight into what not to do, if you wish to be better than mediocre. So, …

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the myth of the linear path

The Myth of The Linear Path

By

Forrest

Perspectives

It’s as easy as getting from point A to point B, right? Of course it is. But what they fail to mention is that the distance between the two points is not a straight line! In terms of large goals, like learning how to improvise, the path is not linear. In terms of small goals …

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the power of one for musicians

The Power of One

By

Eric

How to Practice Jazz, Inspiration

It’s the time of year again when we make ambitious lists of resolutions and let me tell you, this year is shaping up to be different. Seriously‚Ķall those other years were just practice runs, this year we’re actually going to follow through on our resolutions. It’s very easy to make hopeful resolutions, and music is …

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whole brain improvisation

Why You Need Your Whole Brain to Improvise

By

Eric

Myths

You’ve probably heard of the popular theory that when it comes to thinking, people are either left brained or right brained; they’re either analytically predisposed or intuitively creative. The rationale is that artistic proclivity originates from the right hemisphere, whereas logic and reasoning skills arise from the left hemisphere. This philosophy has influenced educational methods, …

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Master the altered scale

5 Secrets for Mastering the Altered Scale (Premium)

By

Eric

Premium Only, Scales

The dominant chord is one of the most versatile chords in the jazz repertoire, and it’s your best bet for adding harmonic tension and melodic interest to your lines. The only problem is that many players approach this sound with the same old scales and licks every time. And this can get pretty boring… That’s …

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