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,...

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 Become a Great Jazz Improviser

When I was a year or two into being really serious about jazz, I used to lay in bed at night and wonder how I could improve quicker. Even though I had teachers telling...

How to Avoid Getting Lost While Playing a Jazz Standard

You're at a gig or a jam session, playing with a group of great jazz musicians. You're waiting to take your solo, or perhaps you're in the middle of your solo when that terrible feeling...

3 Game-Changing Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Making improvised lines truly swing is one of the biggest challenges jazz musicians face at all levels of their musical development. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro, a young player just starting...

Why You Should Learn Jazz By Ear and Not Sheet Music

When it comes to learning jazz standards, solos and licks, there isn’t a wrong or right way. But there is the easy way and the better way. The easy way is just to buy some...

3 Melodic Secrets I Learned from the Jazz Masters

In my early years as a musician, I explored what I think is a pretty common approach to learning jazz improvisation. I was taught (or read somewhere) that the key to improvisation is to...

How Long and How Often Should I Practice?

The year I had between high school and college I would practice an average of 6 hours a day, sometimes more sometimes less. My first two years of college I kept up similar practice regiments....

How to Use the Melody of a Jazz Standard to Develop Solo Ideas

One of the most valuable parts of a piece of music is the melody. That may seem obvious, right? Think about it. When you're walking around your house, driving in your car, taking a shower,...
- Advertisement -

PLEASE ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND CLICK THE BUTTON TO JOIN OUR JAZZ COMMUNITY

 We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe.

Subscribe and get our FREE eBook, The Ultimate Jazz Guide to Practicing!