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4 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Fail

Every day it seems I witness the slow demise of a jazz musician. Whether it be an amateur, or hobbyist player; a college jazz student, or professional, I've seen it happen and I'll see...

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,...

3 Reasons Why You Should Be the Worst Musician

I was playing a gig the other night at a club in Greenwich Village, New York City when suddenly I realized I was the worst. Everyone in the band was just absolutely killing it.  Every...

5 Skills Every Jazz Musician Should Develop

I was recently asked by a musical acquaintance (not a jazz musician), what it would take for him to learn how to play jazz. Immediately years of practicing, jam sessions, gigs, lessons and hard...

How to Stay Motivated to Practice Your Instrument

I've been on both sides. I've had seasons where I was absolutely obsessed with playing my instrument and practicing. Practicing everyday was no problem for me, and hours felt like minutes. I suppose it feels...
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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...

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...
3 Things Music School Didn't Teach me

3 Things Music School Didn’t Teach Me

It's graduation season, and here on the bustling streets of New York the evidence is everywhere.  Caps and gowns can be seen riding the trains, hopping into cabs, and posing for graduation selfies.  You...

3 Pivotal Exercises to Improve Technique on Your Instrument

As jazz musicians, we are all on a lifelong journey to constantly improve our technique on our instruments. Anyone who has tried to master a bebop tune or improvise at a fast tempo knows...

3 Crucial Tips For Playing Great Jazz Solos

I've spent a lot of time around jazz musicians, and if there is one thing I've learned it's that nothing crushes their spirits more than playing a bad solo. As a jazz musician myself,...

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