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2 Ways To Take Your Ears To The Next Level

We've all felt the frustration of hearing great ideas in our head but then not being able to translate them onto our instruments.  Scatting killer solo's in the shower or in the car comes...

Why You Need to Play More Gigs

One of the best ways to improve as a musician is to play gigs.  I have noticed that many students of jazz seem to do this only sparingly.  When you are developing as an...

How to Improvise Over “Giant Steps”

Giant Steps looms large in the jazz repertoire as one of the most challenging tunes on which jazz musicians cut their musical teeth. The iconic title track from Giant Steps helped cement saxophonist John Coltrane’s...
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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....

4 Reasons Why Every Musician Should Study Jazz

Musicians spanning all kinds of genres across the world all have one thing in common: they want to become better at their craft. They want to become better players within their genre, and they...

3 Mistakes Jazz Musicians Make When Developing an Original Sound

I've encountered all kinds of students in the many years I've been teaching music. I often get the ones who are concerned about sounding original and finding their unique voice, which I think is...

How Phrasing and Space Can Radically Improve Your Solos

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who just wouldn't stop talking? I'm talking about the kind of conversation where you worry for the other persons safety; there couldn't possibly be oxygen going to...

30 Seconds to Better Jazz Solos

Ultimately there are no shortcuts to sounding great.  No matter what, you still have to put in the work.  However, sometimes you can have an epiphany that helps you change your mindset and saves...

You Don’t Have to Accept Every Gig

Conventional wisdom in the music world says "Take every gig that comes your way."  I'm here to challenge that assumption. In the early stages of a career it could be good advice to take most gigs that...

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