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4 Ways To Make A Living As A Jazz Musician

           The idea of building a career in music has often been met with skepticism from the working class.  Many have been conditioned to believe that acquiring success in the...

Learning the Notes on the Guitar Fretboard

By Brian Prunka from http://jazzscience.blogspot.com/2010/02/guitar-players-only-learn-all-notes-on.html Learning the neck of the guitar is very important.  It is limiting to play the guitar without knowing what notes you are playing.  Most other instrumentalists ALWAYS know what...
What Jazz Standards Should I Learn

What Jazz Standards Should I Learn?

The unfortunate reality is that we only have 24 hours in a day. Most of us lead busy lives, and unless you are doing full-time music with no day job, it is unlikely that...

2 Solo Transcriptions From an Underrated Jazz Saxophonist

Even though the saxophone is an iconic jazz instrument in the popular imagination, the story of jazz’s earliest past often leaves the saxophone by the wayside. Despite the fact that the saxophone is, for...

3 Tips To Improve Your Rhythmic Sight-Reading Skills

Rhythmic accuracy when reading is highly important. You might get your pitches right but if they are out of tempo or off the rhythm, they become meaningless. One of the hardest parts of being...

How Teaching Music Has Made Me a Better Musician

I have a very vivid memory from when I was in high school. One of those memories that sticks out among others, but I can't exactly place why. Let me give you the back...

Jazz Chords For Dummies

Probably one of the most prominent characteristics of jazz music is it's rich harmony.  As opposed to many other forms of music, it's full of intricate chord progressions and full bodied chords. To an...

Unlocking Diminished vs. Altered Scales

When you are soloing over a dominant chord, you can choose notes from several different scales in your improvised melodies.  The mixolydian and the mixolydian bebop scales work well, but sometimes you want something...

Ear Training 101: Chord Recognition

Last time in our Ear Training 101 series, we talked about interval recognition. We discussed how important ear training is to jazz musicians (and musicians in general) and concluded with an interval recognition test...

Encyclopedia of Two-Hand Jazz Piano Voicings

Two-Hand piano voicings are essential for jazz pianists when comping behind melodists and soloists.  This is an short "encyclopedia" with 1-2 voicings for most of the chords jazz pianists are likely to encounter. This handout...

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