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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...
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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...

Why Jazz Isn’t Defined By Your Personal Taste

In recent years I’ve noticed what I feel is a troubling trend among some – but, to be fair, not all – jazz musicians and enthusiasts. Sometimes, when someone hears a style, sub-genre, or...

How to Find More Time to Practice

We have all heard stories about musicians who practice almost every waking hour for an extended period of time.  Charlie Parker allegedly practiced up to 16 hours a day for a while, and John...

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...

Why Jazz Musicians Need to Record Themselves

As jazz musicians, we are constantly trying to improve and become better players. We do this of course by spending lots of time practicing, jamming with others, and hopefully playing gigs. But one important aspect...
How to Avoid Therapy as a Jazz Musician

How to Avoid Therapy as a Jazz Musician

Maybe it's the countless hours spent in the practice room.  Maybe's it's spending so much time trying to play like someone else through transcribing, listening, etc.  Maybe it's the various challenges jazz musicians face...

How To Set Up Your Practice Sessions For Success

Have you ever sat down to practice your instrument only to mindlessly "noodle" rather than actually learn something? I'm sure you have.  For many of us, our practice time is precious. We lead busy lives,...
Why Learn Jazz Standards

Why Learn Jazz Standards?

Learning jazz standards seems to be a very daunting task. Many top jazz players have HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of songs memorized. For the purpose of this website, I define the term "jazz standard"...

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...

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