Welcome to episode 254 where today we talk about how to develop a good time feel and a basic sense of rhythm. You can play all of the “right” notes, and the hippest licks, but if your time feel is off and your execution poor, you’ll end up sounding amateur. In this episode, you’ll learn two exercises that will get you headed in the right direction.
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One of the more common issues I hear in the playing of beginner to intermediate jazz improvisers is a poor time feel.
Just not really being able to land their phrases in the time, maybe it’s rushing, maybe it’s dragging, maybe it’s just the phrases are sounding a little bit off for lack of sense of rhythm in where the time is.
And this is really an important thing to hone in on because we could play all the right notes and have really great lines and licks but if we’re not playing them with good time feel, it can really just sound completely immature.
So, in today’s episode, I’m going to go over just the very basics of developing a good time feels, that we could start getting headed in the right track, and start playing better jazz solos in better time.
In this episode:
1. Working on basic subdivisions with a metronome
2. Reducing the clicks while working on subdivisions
3. Practice feeling space with the metronome