Demystifying Dominant 7 Chord Alterations: A Visual Guide

    Many chords are pretty easy to understand. But dominant seventh chords with an assortment of alterations…they’re a whole different animal! What's with all this b9, #9, b13, #11, b5 stuff! There seem to be a...Read More

    Many chords are pretty easy to understand. But dominant seventh chords with an assortment of alterations…they’re a whole different animal! What's with all this b9, #9, b13, #11, b5 stuff!...Read More

    I’m Bored With Everything I Play: Keys To Being Excited About What You’re …

    As you progress, you feel more confident. You have more language. You can play well over more and more tunes. And you can approach different types of tunes with ease. Still, no matter how much...Read More

    As you progress, you feel more confident. You have more language. You can play well over more and more tunes. And you can approach different types of tunes with ease....Read More

    Ingraining Jazz Language Through Visualization

    We talk a lot about ingraining language. It's vital to have an array of ideas at your fingertips for any given harmonic situation. And these ideas should be so ingrained that you can easily make...Read More

    We talk a lot about ingraining language. It's vital to have an array of ideas at your fingertips for any given harmonic situation. And these ideas should be so ingrained...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...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

    Developing a Concept of Swing

    Areader writes: It seems like everyone is taught the standard "off beat" articulation of swing eighth notes, but I feel that swing is really much more complicated. Why is it that some players seem to...Read More

    Areader writes: It seems like everyone is taught the standard "off beat" articulation of swing eighth notes, but I feel that swing is really much more complicated. Why is it...Read More

    Great Jazz Ears: How to Get a Vivid Aural Imagination

    The extent to which your aural imagination is developed, largely determines: the quality of lines you play, how you play those lines (articulation, swing feel, inflection), and the sound you play with. Nothing has such...Read More

    The extent to which your aural imagination is developed, largely determines: the quality of lines you play, how you play those lines (articulation, swing feel, inflection), and the sound you...Read More

    Master Your Intervals in 28 Days

    Being able to quickly hear, sing, and accurately identify intervals is essential to developing your improvisational ear. In this article, we've put together a plan for you to master your intervals in 28 days... ...Read More

    Being able to quickly hear, sing, and accurately identify intervals is essential to developing your improvisational ear. In this article, we've put together a plan for you to master your...Read More

    4 Ways to Use the Melodic Minor Scale

    The melodic minor scale is a scale that you've probably learned early on in your musical development, but it can take on a whole new life when applied to jazz. This scale is a very...Read More

    The melodic minor scale is a scale that you've probably learned early on in your musical development, but it can take on a whole new life when applied to jazz....Read More

    The Importance of Language

    I'm always trying to learn new bits of language." - Michael Brecker. There are a lot of things to practice. What is truly vital to practice if you want to get better at improvising? ...Read More

    I'm always trying to learn new bits of language." - Michael Brecker. There are a lot of things to practice. What is truly vital to practice if you want to...Read More

    Playing Transcribed Solos Backward

    Lately I've realized that to get to specific parts of a solo that I've transcribed to memory, I'm quite dependent on the material that comes before them. In other words, I've learned the solo from...Read More

    Lately I've realized that to get to specific parts of a solo that I've transcribed to memory, I'm quite dependent on the material that comes before them. In other words,...Read More

    What to Think While Improvising

    A reader recently wrote us asking about what we think about while we improvise. He writes: "I'm a tenor saxophonist and still pretty new to the whole improvising scene. I was wondering what musicians "think"...Read More

    A reader recently wrote us asking about what we think about while we improvise. He writes: "I'm a tenor saxophonist and still pretty new to the whole improvising scene. I...Read More

    How to Hear Chord Changes

    A reader recently wrote: "I was reading your "6 mistakes" article and was intrigued by the first rule. I would be more than happy to toss my lousy sixth edition real book, but have some...Read More

    A reader recently wrote: "I was reading your "6 mistakes" article and was intrigued by the first rule. I would be more than happy to toss my lousy sixth edition...Read More

    Speaking to the Listener: 4 Ways to Perform More Effectively

    We've all seen concerts that have affected us greatly and left a lasting impression on our musical perception and even our lives. Performances that seem to transcend the stage into another form of communication and...Read More

    We've all seen concerts that have affected us greatly and left a lasting impression on our musical perception and even our lives. Performances that seem to transcend the stage into...Read More

    Dealing With Frustration In Practicing Jazz Improvisation

    When you're frustrated with your playing it's difficult to excel at all. It's difficult to make a coherent musical statement, let alone even listen to yourself. These bouts happen to everyone. The key is to...Read More

    When you're frustrated with your playing it's difficult to excel at all. It's difficult to make a coherent musical statement, let alone even listen to yourself. These bouts happen to...Read More

    Never Forget a Tune Again

    Ever spend a lot of time learning a tune, only to realize that you've completely forgotten it a few weeks later? When you're not achieving your desired results in pretty much anything, check your methods....Read More

    Ever spend a lot of time learning a tune, only to realize that you've completely forgotten it a few weeks later? When you're not achieving your desired results in pretty...Read More

    The Path to Finding Your Own Voice

    The notion of being original and innovative goes hand-in-hand with the idea of improvisation. The inspired act of being in the moment, creating on the fly with others in a group setting, and ultimately developing...Read More

    The notion of being original and innovative goes hand-in-hand with the idea of improvisation. The inspired act of being in the moment, creating on the fly with others in a...Read More