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Using Jazz Standards to Hear Intervals

Having a great ear is arguably one of the most important assets a jazz musician can have. While I have no problem with jazz students buying books to read solo's out of or learning theoretical...

10 Jazz Ballads You Should Learn

I believe one of the things that make jazz music unique and different from some other styles of music, is its incredible repertoire of ballads. In my opinion, these are some of the most...

17 Technical Exercises for All Instruments

Here are some technical exercises that can help your technique on your instrument.  These aren't particularly "jazzy," as I've written them to be played in a straight-eighth note style, but they can be adapted...

How Jazz Musicians Create Harmonic Movement

One of the defining characteristics of jazz is it's rich harmony. You may have seen this meme floating around social media: Now as funny as that is, the point made about how many chords a...

Why Every Serious Musician Needs a Website

One of the common mistakes I observe among serious musicians is a severe lack of business sense. I know a lot of musicians who profess that they want to make a career out of...
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3 Steps for Training Your Ear to Hear Any Chord

Ear training is of utmost importance for those of us who want to become better jazz improvisers. When it comes down to it, it's our ears that have the ability to compose melodies in...

The Problem with Teaching the Blues Scale

Countless jazz band directors start off each new school year by teaching the 12-bar blues.  The director arms his young jazz cadets with a powerful new weapon: the blues scale.  With this new weapon in their limited arsenal, the hatchling jazz musicians promptly begin to...
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How to Avoid Musical Burnout as a Jazz Musician

It happens to all of us who are serious about music. We get passionate, practice hard, practice even harder and then we get exhausted and hit a plateau. It's our own musical version of...
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How to Learn Chord Progressions by Ear

One of the freedoms we want to have as musicians is to be able to recognize chord progressions and learn songs by ear. Being shackled by a reliance on sheet music can be draining,...

4 Ways To Keep Your Jazz New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, millions of people around the world are reflecting on 2015, asking themselves what went well and what didn't. As we look forward we must ask ourselves where we want to be and...

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