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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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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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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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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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Scale Mapping Jazz Standards to Create Solos (Stella by Starlight)

Using scales can be a really great way to start mapping out the note choices you have available to you over jazz standards so that you can start taking...
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Fast Way to Play “Bluesy” Lines Over a Jazz Blues

It is my belief that if we want to learn how to play jazz really well, we also have to understand the blues because that's really where jazz is...
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Hip Bebop Blues Lick and Analysis

As jazz musicians, I believe it is important that we are proficient at playing a jazz blues. And I believe there are 3 pillars of...
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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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ONLY 2 Scales You NEED to Know for Jazz

My job as a teacher is always to make jazz simpler, not harder. And sometimes around the concept of scales, we make things too complicated. We give ourselves too...
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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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