Creating Smooth Transitions When Improvising Over Odd Time Signatures

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 is a bunch of different time signatures all over it. I remember...
Spice Up Your Jazz Solos With Asymmetrical Melodies

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 varying our improvised melodies. One of the most effective ways to...
Improving Rhythmic Precision by Avoiding the Downbeats for Musicians

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 discussed the importance of rhythmic precision, and how being able...
Rhythmic tool to develop your jazz solos like the pros

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 some reason, the rhythmic aspect of soloing or improvising is...

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...

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