Using Rests and Odd Groupings to Spice Up Your Rhythms

If you have been following my lessons here on Learn Jazz Standards, you're probably familiar with my rants on how important it is for a musician to master rhythms. It's just as important as...

5 Exercises to Improve Your Rhythmic Precision and Feel

When we are new to learning a musical instrument, we want to learn the cool stuff; the stuff that has a bunch of notes in it. We want to show off to our peers...

Accents And Odd Groupings: 12 Exercises To Spice Up Your Rhythms

Rhythmic accuracy and variety are some of the skills I value the most in musicians. When I go out to see live music, something that keeps me interested and wanting to hear more from the...

Tempo Vs. Time Feel and Tips On Improving Them

As a professional drummer and educator, I’ve taught many students and I’ve noticed that many of them are concerned about their tempo. They always ask for advice on how to improve or overcome their...

3 Tips To Improve Your Rhythmic Sight-Reading Skills

Rhythmic accuracy when reading is highly important. You might get your pitches right but if they are out of tempo or off the rhythm, they become meaningless. One of the hardest parts of being...

3 Polyrhythmic Exercises Every Jazz Musician Should Master

Rhythm is one of the most important aspects of jazz. If you want to take your playing to the next level – no matter where you’re at in your musical development – you must...

How to Level Up Your Odd Meter Playing

Back in my formative years, I thought I was good at playing odd meters. However, when I had to deal with it in a more professional context, later on, I realized my language and...

Odd Times: Strategies to Improve Your 7/4 Playing

In my first odd meter post, I talked about some of the ways you can approach learning how to play better in 5/4 time. In this follow-up, I want to take some of those...

2 Rhythmic Concepts To Improve Your Up-Tempo Playing

Playing up-tempos is one of the big challenges jazz musicians face at some point in their music learning process. The thought of dragging, turning yourself around or just tensing up and not being able...

2 Rhythmic Exercises Every Jazz Musician Should Practice

Every time I listen to an aspiring jazz musician, I find that for many of them their rhythmic game is not at the same level as the harmonic one. This is because most of...

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