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6 Tips For Making Your Jazz New Year’s Resolution

2015 is here!  Why not make this year a breakout year and revolutionize your playing?  Here are 6 tips for how you can improve steadily and consistently this year. 1.  Decide This seems like a no-brainer,...

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...
If You Don't Do This, You will never be a Jazz Musician

If You Don’t Do This, You’ll Never Be a Jazz Musician

There is so much that needs to be learned and practiced when trying to become a jazz musician. It's a form of music that demands a great deal of virtuosity and knowledge to play...

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...
2 Pro Tips for Maximizing Your Jazz Practice Routine Results

2 Pro Tips For Maximizing Your Jazz Practice Routine Results

As jazz musicians, we dream of becoming great soloists. For the vast majority of musicians that is the ultimate goal to achieve. However, it is not an easy task, and very few get to...

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,...
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"...

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 Build an Awesome Solo

How To Build An Awesome Solo

We've all seen our fair share of great movies.  I'm talking about those incredible motion pictures where you leave the cinema or your couch just absolutely dazzled with amazement. The plot, the characters, the roller...

2 Jazz Practicing Tips That Will 2X Your Results

Here's the deal: jazz musicians spend a lot of time practicing but end up wasting a lot of it. In fact, I'd like to go out on a limb and say that 50% of...

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