Why You Should Learn The Lyrics to Jazz Standards

When learning a jazz standard, you should spend considerable time investigating the composition. If you want to learn it thoroughly, you'll need to learn the melody and the chord progressions by ear. You'll want...

How Jazz Masters Practice Licks

(Guest post by Josiah Boornazian) I’m sure most (if not all) of you have experienced a situation like this before: you’re at a gig or jam session and someone gets up to solo and proceeds to...

5 Essential Skills That Every Jazz Musician Should Develop [Infographic]

We all want to become better jazz musicians, but what are the essential skills we need to be developing? If you're wondering what you need to be working on and practicing, this infographic is for...

4 Tips For Being a Great Jazz Accompanist

Jazz is music that is all about communicating in the moment. Anything can happen, and so you have to be prepared to listen and respond to the musicians around you. An important role is...

4 Ways to Stay a Mediocre Jazz Musician

I don't know about you, but I don't wake up in the morning with aspirations for mediocrity. I much prefer to try my best to excel at whatever I do. So when it comes...

7 Day Jazz Practice Routine

We often get emails from our readers and listeners wondering what they should practice. While we have plenty of answers to that in our archives such as our 21 quick-fire jazz skills and our beginner's...

9 Jazz Waltz Tunes You Should Know

As jazz musicians, we need to be learning lots of jazz standards. It's incredibly important to know the standard repertoire so that you can fully understand the jazz language. But jazz music covers a fairly...

A Simple Exercise to Help You Develop Better Jazz Solos

When I think about all of my favorite jazz solos and what makes them stand out to me, it comes down to one key component: development.  Sure, there are lots of factors that make great...

10 Great Resources For Jazz Musicians

The internet is stuffed full of endless amounts of information about music. Google "learn jazz" or "jazz lessons" and you are immediately assaulted with thousands of search results, each one offering their own opportunities...

How to Plan a Month of Effective Jazz Practicing

I get emails every week from aspiring jazz musicians asking me about practicing. They desperately want to become better jazz musicians, but they feel discouraged. They feel as if the mountain is just too...
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