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Improvise Using Music Theory OR by Ear?

One common question I get is, should I ever have to improvise using music theory or should I do it mainly by learning stuff by ear? Jazz solos, licks,...
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4 Patterns for Jazz Improvisation Technique

One thing that I think is important to jazz improvisation is having technical proficiency on your instrument because jazz improvisation calls for you to act and react in the...
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Intro to Improvising Over Jazz Standards

Let's face it. Improvising over jazz standards will not be the easiest thing you've ever done in your life. Especially if you are a beginner, or someone trying to...
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Learn and Use Jazz Licks the Smart Way

I got this comment on another one of my videos this week and it really got me thinking. And it says, "But when you learn licks in isolation it's hard to fit...
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Fastest Way to Improve Your Jazz Solos

So, we all want to become better jazz improvisers and we want to become better quickly. We want to take those kinds of solos that when we hear them we're like, "Yes,...
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Mastering ii-V-I Chord Progressions in 5 Steps

ii-V-I chord progressions are by far the most common chord progressions found in jazz standards. And so, we need to be able to play them forwards, backwards and have a really good...
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Killer Jazz Improv Exercise for Leveling Up Your Solos

Now, I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to practice my jazz improvisation, to improve my jazz solos, to make them more exciting, to get...
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6 Jazz Solos You Should Learn

One great practice that a lot of jazz musicians will suggest is to learn entire jazz solos by ear. And by doing this, you get...
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How Do I Incorporate Licks Into My Jazz Solos? Q&A With Jens Larsen!

In this video, I have on special guest, jazz guitarist, teacher, and YouTuber Jens Larsen! He answers a series of questions that my YouTube and Facebook subscribers asked, and delivers some...
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How to Create Killer Jazz Solos With The Melody Development Exercise

I often get questions from jazz students asking how to approach improvising over different jazz standards. They seem to struggle knowing where to start. The answer: Use the melody. The melody is the...

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