5 Skills You Won’t Learn in School, Skill Four: How to Speak the Jazz Language

    Imagine that you've just stepped off a plane in a foreign country. You grab your suitcase and step onto the soil for the first time and suddenly you're filled with a sense of excitement and...Read More

    Imagine that you've just stepped off a plane in a foreign country. You grab your suitcase and step onto the soil for the first time and suddenly you're filled with...Read More

    Going Against The Grain

    In learning most anything, there's an accepted and standard way of approaching the material. There exists a typical method that emerged over the course of many years. In many disciplines, this method came about through...Read More

    In learning most anything, there's an accepted and standard way of approaching the material. There exists a typical method that emerged over the course of many years. In many disciplines,...Read More

    Using Triads in Your Solos

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    After playing a tune for a while, it can seem like you are playing the same ideas or licks over the changes every time. For example, you see a D minor chord and think "okay...Read More

    After playing a tune for a while, it can seem like you are playing the same ideas or licks over the changes every time. For example, you see a D...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

    Understanding Chord Tones

    Recently we've gotten a few questions regarding chord tones: how to work on hearing them, how to aim for them in your lines, and how to connect them when you're improvising over a chord progression....Read More

    Recently we've gotten a few questions regarding chord tones: how to work on hearing them, how to aim for them in your lines, and how to connect them when you're...Read More

    The Philosophy of Learning Jazz Improvisation: Thinking like a Composer

    Composition is selective improvisation - Igor Stravinsky. In 15 seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds,...Read More

    Composition is selective improvisation - Igor Stravinsky. In 15 seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what...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 Steps to Becoming A Lyrical Master With Altered Dominants: A Lesson With Stan Getz

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    Alterations are at the heart of jazz. In no other genre of music can you freely alter chords in a such a fluid and flexible manner. As chords whiz by, the soloist has the freedom...Read More

    Alterations are at the heart of jazz. In no other genre of music can you freely alter chords in a such a fluid and flexible manner. As chords whiz by,...Read More

    10 Diminished Patterns That Will Transform Your Next Jazz Solo…

    What comes to mind when you hear the word diminished? A chord? A scale? Wait, is it whole-steps and half-steps...or the other way around? If you're like most players, the diminished sound often creates more...Read More

    What comes to mind when you hear the word diminished? A chord? A scale? Wait, is it whole-steps and half-steps...or the other way around? If you're like most players, the...Read More

    Are You Trying To Learn Jazz Improvisation in Reverse??

    You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach to jazz improvisation that you...Read More

    You learn scales. You faithfully practice triads and arpeggios in every key. You memorize chord progressions & learn tunes. And then you improvise... Sound familiar? This is the standard approach...Read More

    Jazz Is A Language….Or Is It?

    The idea that jazz is a language can be quite confusing and ambiguous. We often make this statement, as do many teachers and professionals, but it takes time to understand what this phrase actually means...Read More

    The idea that jazz is a language can be quite confusing and ambiguous. We often make this statement, as do many teachers and professionals, but it takes time to understand...Read More

    8 Techniques Mark Turner Uses to Dominate the Blues

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    If you’ve ever listened to Mark Turner you’ve probably wondered the same thing as me...What the hell is he playing? Rather than coming from the mind of an improviser, his solos sound like the work...Read More

    If you’ve ever listened to Mark Turner you’ve probably wondered the same thing as me...What the hell is he playing? Rather than coming from the mind of an improviser, his...Read More

    Hearing in Color: Chord tones in context

    Every chord tone has its own unique sound, its own unique color. Learning to hear these colors brings these sounds to life. This crucial ear training is often overlooked or even talked about. Take your...Read More

    Every chord tone has its own unique sound, its own unique color. Learning to hear these colors brings these sounds to life. This crucial ear training is often overlooked or...Read More

    Formulas For Applying Jazz Language To Different Harmonic Situations

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    As the article last Wednesday discussed, learning to apply language to tunes is crucial because it puts the language into context, allowing your ears and fingers to gain an understanding of how to integrate the...Read More

    As the article last Wednesday discussed, learning to apply language to tunes is crucial because it puts the language into context, allowing your ears and fingers to gain an understanding...Read More

    Visualization One Key At A Time

    They say that time is money, but in jazz improvisation, it's even more than that! Time is what's passing by while you're desperately trying to recall the next chord change in a tune, the notes...Read More

    They say that time is money, but in jazz improvisation, it's even more than that! Time is what's passing by while you're desperately trying to recall the next chord change...Read More

    What’s the Difference Between an Amateur and a Pro??

    Mastering jazz improvisation seems simple in theory. At least every great player makes it sound that way. And on paper it all looks pretty straight forward. Memorize the chords, learn a few scales, and listen...Read More

    Mastering jazz improvisation seems simple in theory. At least every great player makes it sound that way. And on paper it all looks pretty straight forward. Memorize the chords, learn...Read More