How To Get The Most Out of Your Drum Solo Transcriptions (Part 2)

Hey guys, welcome back to my monthly lesson! Last time we discussed some basic concepts I use in order to learn new soloing and comping vocabulary on the drums. We went over breaking long...
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Jazz Lick of the Week #16: Minor ii-V-i Resolving to a Minor 6

Welcome to Jazz Lick of the Week #16 where this time we are learning a minor ii-V-i lick that resolves to a minor 6 chord. The diatonic one chord is usually a minor 7...

3 Ways to Get Jazz Gigs

When it comes to becoming a better jazz musician, we all know that we need to spend time in the practice room. We have to hone our craft, get to know our instrument better,...
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Jazz Lick of the Week #15: Un-altered ii-V-I

This is Jazz Lick of the Week #15! This week we are featuring an un-altered ii-V-I lick that outlines the chord changes perfectly. Watch the video and learn the lick. Be sure to take it...

“Minor” Issues: 4 Strategies for Tackling Minor ii-V-i’s

As jazz educators and learners, we focus a lot on major II-V-I’s, but we don’t often address the challenges of tackling those ubiquitous and sometimes tricky minor II-V-I’s. First, let’s quickly review what a minor...
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Jazz Lick of the Week #14: Altered Lick over a V7-Imaj7

Here's a Lick of the Week for you to practice today! This one is an altered lick over a V7-Imaj7 chord progression. This also comes straight out of our new eBook "Zero to Improv". Check...

Stuck On One Chord: Strategies to Improve Your Modal Jazz Solos

Very often iconic modal jazz tunes, such as Miles Davis’s “So What,” are among the first songs young, inexperienced, and newly aspiring musicians learn how to improvise on. Although modal tunes (which are songs...

How to Become a Professional Musician

I get emails from readers from time to time, asking me if they should pursue music as a profession. They always start by telling me how passionate they are about music and how they...

How to Write a Walking Bass Line

In my previous post, How to Keep Your Bass Lines Interesting, we defined what a bass line is and what its functions are, and looked at a few ways in which we can creatively...

How to Improvise Over All The Things You Are

All The Things You Are is a popular jazz standard by Jerome Kern, and is one of those songs that every jazz musician needs to know. It's often called at jam sessions and gigs and has...
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