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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,...

Personalities and Jazz

Normal 0 Think about it: there are so many great players out there.  It always baffles me that no matter where you go in the world, there are a plethora of incredible musicians hiding in...

3 Game-Changing Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Making improvised lines truly swing is one of the biggest challenges jazz musicians face at all levels of their musical development. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned pro, a young player just starting...

4 Ways To Keep Your Jazz New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, millions of people around the world are reflecting on 2015, asking themselves what went well and what didn't. As we look forward we must ask ourselves where we want to be and...

Why Jazz Musicians Should Practice Slowly

If we go around and ask every professional and accomplished musician, I believe they will all agree on one thing, and that is that slow-practice routines are an essential part of their development and...

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...

A Jazz Guide to Practicing

Normal 0 Normal 0 Normal 0 As musicians, all of us have sat down with our instruments, ready to embark on that most sacred ritual.  You close the door to the room, say a silent prayer to...
Plugging Holes In Your Playing

Plugging Holes In Your Playing

Some of the Greats of Jazz weren’t especially theoretical or technical, although they could DEFINITELY play!  Chet Baker would supposedly ask what note a tune started on instead of thinking about the key.  George...
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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....

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...

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