Transcribing for Musical Style

Eric 6 minute read

Ironically though, many of us miss this connection because we have tunnel vision on the music theory. Somewhere along the way, we’ve picked up this mentality that you learn the notes in one place and get the style from another. Chances are you’ve even heard someone describe musical style with ...Read More

Curing Chord Confusion Syndrome

Forrest 4 minute read

This is an excellent question. In many lead sheets you see the iii chord denoted as minor and many theory books claim that the iii chord should always be minor because that’s how you would derive it from the tonic key. So, what’s correct? We’ll get there later… The thing ...Read More

Hey, Do You Know That Tune?

Eric 4 minute read

We try to memorize as many tunes as we can, we make longs lists of standards to learn, we listen to and transcribe various recordings of the greats playing, and in our free time we try to review these melodies and progressions in our heads. However, even after all the ...Read More

Visualization One Key At A Time

Forrest 5 minute read

Before we get there, grab a sheet of paper or take the following quiz mentally and record your response time for each: What’s a ii V in the key of F# major? If the V7 of a ii V progression is Ab7, what’s the ii chord? What’s a iii Vi ...Read More

The Power of One

Eric 5 minute read

It’s very easy to make hopeful resolutions and music is no exception. For jazz musicians, this means making lists of tunes we want to learn, solos we want to transcribe, and setting lofty practice goals. A year ago, you may recall that we made a list of 100 resolutions for ...Read More

About Us

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Forrest Wernick

From the Bay Area, he's lived throughout the country in California, Colorado, and New York, learning and playing music. He's studied extensively with Rich Perry, Mulgrew Miller, and a whole lot of other amazing musicians. When he's not playing saxophone, you can find him traveling, writing, trail running, and training in Muay Thai.

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Eric O'donnell

Originally from Northeast Ohio, he moved to New York/New Jersey to go to graduate school. He's studied with greats such as Bill Mobley, Mulgrew Miller, Ingrid Jensen, and many more. In his free time he's usually working out, reading, or training for a marathon.

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Fundamental Courses


Jazz Visualization Course

In this course, you'll discover techniques for mastering chord symbols, chord tones and common progressions on a deeper level than ever before.

The Ear Training Method

The Ear Training Method is an in-depth ear training course designed to quickly improve your ear. Break free from the written page and play the music you hear.

Melodic Power

 A powerful Video Course & eBook for all levels, that will guide you through the nuts-and-bolts of how to improvise strong melodies on the most common chords.

Reprogram the Musical Mind

Reprogramming The Musical Mind is a 30 day audio course for every musician which reprograms your mind to reach your optimal creative state as a musician.