The Two Types of Chords You’ll Find in Any Piece of Music

    Here’s something that you've probably realized by now on your musical journey…that jazz improvisation can get very complicated, very quickly. In the blink of an eye your enjoyable musical hobby can transform into something that...Read More

    Here’s something that you've probably realized by now on your musical journey…that jazz improvisation can get very complicated, very quickly. In the blink of an eye your enjoyable musical hobby...Read More

    Why The Fastest Way To Build Your Jazz Skills Doesn’t Require Scales or Chords

    When you think about the things that'll make you a better improviser, your mind probably goes right to music theory...The scales, the chords, the diminished patterns & the ii-V licks. If only you knew more of...Read More

    When you think about the things that'll make you a better improviser, your mind probably goes right to music theory...The scales, the chords, the diminished patterns & the ii-V licks. If...Read More

    Your Assumptions About What To Transcribe

    People have been writing in a lot lately asking us what's okay and what's not okay to transcribe. With all the different styles of jazz and genres of music, people are entirely confused as to...Read More

    People have been writing in a lot lately asking us what's okay and what's not okay to transcribe. With all the different styles of jazz and genres of music, people...Read More

    How Jazz Standard Play Alongs Waste Your Practice Time And What To Do About It

    It's Saturday. You've got plenty of time. You're excited  to spend some quality time practicing. You meander into your practice room, peruse your jazz standard play alongs and grab the first volume that sparks your...Read More

    It's Saturday. You've got plenty of time. You're excited  to spend some quality time practicing. You meander into your practice room, peruse your jazz standard play alongs and grab the...Read More

    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

    These 4 Creativity Hacks Will Transform How You Improvise

    If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you spend your fair share of time in the practice room honing your musical skills. All in preparation for that moment when you can close your eyes and begin...Read More

    If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you spend your fair share of time in the practice room honing your musical skills. All in preparation for that moment when you can...Read More

    The Music of Thelonious Monk: 10 Tunes You Need To Know

    There are certain composers in the jazz tradition...ones that have such a uniquely personal style that their compositions seem to take on a life of their own, becoming part of the jazz pantheon long after...Read More

    There are certain composers in the jazz tradition...ones that have such a uniquely personal style that their compositions seem to take on a life of their own, becoming part of...Read More

    4 Crucial Steps To Attaining Freedom With Jazz Language

    Becoming fluent with jazz language is the key to unlocking your musical freedom when you improvise. It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. The lost ship. The thing everyone ignores… And it’s totally counter-intuitive... You...Read More

    Becoming fluent with jazz language is the key to unlocking your musical freedom when you improvise. It’s the missing piece of the puzzle. The lost ship. The thing everyone ignores… ...Read More

    The Beginner’s Guide to Jazz Articulation: Coltrane Techniques Demystified

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    It's the subtleties of articulation that make melodies come alive. But, being so subtle, articulation is one of those concepts that's difficult to grasp, or for that matter, even teach. And it's personal. Nearly every...Read More

    It's the subtleties of articulation that make melodies come alive. But, being so subtle, articulation is one of those concepts that's difficult to grasp, or for that matter, even teach....Read More

    Learning Tunes Your Way

    On this site we’ve frequently written about learning tunes. This is no coincidence - learning tunes goes hand in hand with improving as an improviser. Whether you're practicing, performing, or simply listening to a few...Read More

    On this site we’ve frequently written about learning tunes. This is no coincidence - learning tunes goes hand in hand with improving as an improviser. Whether you're practicing, performing, or...Read More

    Connecting to the Music…Wherever You Are

    Music is meant to be heard live. There is no substitute for the visceral experience of sitting in an audience and soaking up a great live performance. Not only hearing the music, but feeling the...Read More

    Music is meant to be heard live. There is no substitute for the visceral experience of sitting in an audience and soaking up a great live performance. Not only hearing...Read More

    How to Turn Boring Theory into Your Next Brilliant Solo…

    You may think you know music theory. And you're probably willing to bet good money that you know the chords to your favorite tunes. Most musicians would...Hell, a few years ago I would've looked you...Read More

    You may think you know music theory. And you're probably willing to bet good money that you know the chords to your favorite tunes. Most musicians would...Hell, a few years...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

    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

    Write Jazz Tunes Like a Pop Star

    Ilove John Mayer. There, I said it. My secret is out. I'd totally go to one of his concerts if I could stomach being one of many in a herd of screaming fourteen year old...Read More

    Ilove John Mayer. There, I said it. My secret is out. I'd totally go to one of his concerts if I could stomach being one of many in a herd...Read More

    12 Dexter Gordon Lines on Blue Bossa You’d Never Think Of

    The jazz standard Blue Bossa is often referred to as a beginner jazz tune, but as you quickly find out as you start your journey into jazz, even these so-called “beginner” tunes are not easy...Read More

    The jazz standard Blue Bossa is often referred to as a beginner jazz tune, but as you quickly find out as you start your journey into jazz, even these so-called...Read More