Know the Rules then Break the Rules

    You have to know the rules before you can break them. You’ve probably heard this well-intentioned phrase before. It’s as common and overused as "Practice makes perfect" or any of the countless other sayings that...Read More

    You have to know the rules before you can break them. You’ve probably heard this well-intentioned phrase before. It’s as common and overused as "Practice makes perfect" or any of...Read More

    How to Organize Jazz Licks, Lines, & Concepts – The Jazz Musician’s …

    In an instant, musical ideas spring to life. Maybe you're transcribing and stumble upon something you like, or perhaps you suddenly play an idea that seemed to come from nowhere! This probably happens to you...Read More

    In an instant, musical ideas spring to life. Maybe you're transcribing and stumble upon something you like, or perhaps you suddenly play an idea that seemed to come from nowhere!...Read More

    FAQ: The questions we get over and over

    We get hundreds of questions every month. We do our best to answer as many as we possibly can and write articles about the most provocative ones. Below are answers to the most common...Read More

    We get hundreds of questions every month. We do our best to answer as many as we possibly can and write articles about the most provocative ones. Below are...Read More

    How to Apply the Jazz Language that You’ve Transcribed

    So you've transcribed some ii-V lines. You've even learned a few solos note for note directly from the record, but, despite your efforts, you're not seeing the results you expected. Transcribing those lines from your...Read More

    So you've transcribed some ii-V lines. You've even learned a few solos note for note directly from the record, but, despite your efforts, you're not seeing the results you expected....Read More

    What To Practice: A Free Presentation on The 3 Essential Pieces of Practicing Jazz Im …

    Nearly every day we get asked, "What should I practice?" And, this is not an easy question to answer. In fact, it's pretty complicated. So, in an attempt to help everyone who has always wondered...Read More

    Nearly every day we get asked, "What should I practice?" And, this is not an easy question to answer. In fact, it's pretty complicated. So, in an attempt to help...Read More

    7 Reasons you’re not getting to the next level and what to do about it

    When you begin something new, there’s so much to learn. Improvement is quick and often, practice is exploratory and fun. But after doing anything for a while, you settle into a routine and your once...Read More

    When you begin something new, there’s so much to learn. Improvement is quick and often, practice is exploratory and fun. But after doing anything for a while, you settle into...Read More

    8 Steps to Finding Your Voice as an Improviser

    There aren't many things that we can all agree on when it comes to discussing the history of jazz, but one thing that we can come to a consensus on is that all the masters...Read More

    There aren't many things that we can all agree on when it comes to discussing the history of jazz, but one thing that we can come to a consensus on...Read More

    The Powerful Rhythmic Principles of Charlie Parker

    With his unique improvisational style and innovative approach, Charlie Parker not only revolutionized how to play alto saxophone, but how to play jazz as a whole. He had a concept all his own that transcended...Read More

    With his unique improvisational style and innovative approach, Charlie Parker not only revolutionized how to play alto saxophone, but how to play jazz as a whole. He had a concept...Read More

    A Lesson With Bill Evans: 14 Techniques to Master the Minor ii V Progression

    What do you play over a minor ii V? Minor ii Vs are notoriously tricky. As compared to their brother, the ii V in major, the ii V in minor adds quite a few more...Read More

    What do you play over a minor ii V? Minor ii Vs are notoriously tricky. As compared to their brother, the ii V in major, the ii V in minor...Read More

    The Smart Improviser’s Process for Creating Stellar Solos Every Time

    Contrary to what many people think, great solos don’t just happen by chance. They aren’t a lucky run of notes that happen to sound good or a sudden stroke of divine inspiration that hits once...Read More

    Contrary to what many people think, great solos don’t just happen by chance. They aren’t a lucky run of notes that happen to sound good or a sudden stroke of...Read More

    8 Easy Ways to Play Minor Chords Like Clifford Brown

    Minor chords are found in every style of music, especially in the jazz repertoire. From popular jazz standards and the minor blues, to the ii-V-I progression and the minor vamps that pop up in numerous...Read More

    Minor chords are found in every style of music, especially in the jazz repertoire. From popular jazz standards and the minor blues, to the ii-V-I progression and the minor vamps...Read More

    How to Beat the “I Don’t Know What to Play” Syndrome in Your Solos

    You're staring at a chord progression on a lead sheet. Thinking through the first few bars of a jazz standard. You're getting ready to start your solo and carefully choosing the first phrase you'll play... ...Read More

    You're staring at a chord progression on a lead sheet. Thinking through the first few bars of a jazz standard. You're getting ready to start your solo and carefully choosing...Read More

    7 Surprising Qualities of the World’s Best Improvisers

    Wow! You’re sitting in the audience at a sold out concert and your favorite musician has just taken the stage. Flawless technique, impeccable sound, and endless creative musical lines flow from the stage and fill...Read More

    Wow! You’re sitting in the audience at a sold out concert and your favorite musician has just taken the stage. Flawless technique, impeccable sound, and endless creative musical lines flow...Read More

    How Thinking Like a Writer Will Make You a Better Jazz Improviser

    Sometimes a change in perspective is all you need. Jazz improvisation is a demanding pursuit, one that combines intellect, feeling and expression. It's easy to grasp the music theory side of things, but it's much...Read More

    Sometimes a change in perspective is all you need. Jazz improvisation is a demanding pursuit, one that combines intellect, feeling and expression. It's easy to grasp the music theory side...Read More

    Dizzy Gillespie’s Prerequisites for Successful Jazz Musicians

    Over the years, in learning this music and working on improvisation, I've encountered a lot of educational information: how to learn, how to practice, which scales to use, how to learn bebop in a week,...Read More

    Over the years, in learning this music and working on improvisation, I've encountered a lot of educational information: how to learn, how to practice, which scales to use, how to...Read More

    How To Create Your Own Jazz Exercises From a Transcribed Line

    You hear it over and over. Just transcribe. You want to get better? Transcribe. You want to have a better sound. Transcribe. Can't seem to play over Rhythm Changes? Transcribe. And yes, when people tell...Read More

    You hear it over and over. Just transcribe. You want to get better? Transcribe. You want to have a better sound. Transcribe. Can't seem to play over Rhythm Changes? Transcribe....Read More