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,...

How to Drastically Improve Your Jazz Solos in 3 Simple Steps

Everybody wants to improve their jazz solos. For many musicians, soloing is one of the main elements that attracted them to jazz in the first place. That's why so many of our readers and podcast...

7 Ways to Break Free From a Musical Rut

As a jazz musician, there is nothing worse than feeling like you aren't improving. You may spend a lot of time in the practice room honing your craft, earnestly trying to crack the code of...

10 Jazz Standards That Will Make Learning Jazz Easier

It's essential for every musician who wants to become a great jazz improviser to learn jazz standards. It doesn't matter if you prefer to play original music or not. Jazz standards are the common...

5 Hard Bop Albums You Need to Listen To

One thing we always encourage our readers to do is listen to jazz. This is obviously important if you want to become a better jazz musician. At the end of the day, the best...

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...
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