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Combining Rate Shift and Odd Groupings to Spice Up Your Rhythms

There are many ways to make your solos more interesting utilizing rhythm. In previous lessons, Using Rests and...

Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

There is nothing scarier than coming to a gig, and suddenly the band leader pulls out a chart, and the first thing you see...

Spice Up Your Jazz Solos with Asymmetrical Melodies

Once we’ve mastered some of the basic types of jazz vocabulary, we’re always striving to find new and interesting ways of breaking up and...

Improving Rhythmic Precision by Avoiding the Downbeat

In this post, I'll be expanding on a previous lesson, entitled: 5 Exercises to Expand Your Rhythmic Precision and Time Feel. In that lesson, I...

Killer Rhythmic Tool to Develop Your Solos Like the Pros

When we improvise or solo, rhythmic variety and development are as important as the melodic and harmonic content we are putting out. However, for...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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