Making jazz improvisation easier, more satisfying, and more musical
Find the tools and guidance here at Music Savvy to more easily play jazz better than you ever thought possible.
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About Music Savvy
My name is Michael Lake and I am the guy behind Music Savvy.
I am a Grammy-nominated trombonist, author, multimedia artist, entrepreneur, and Dad to two fascinating sons.
I am hopelessly curious and love to share what I’ve learned in order to help musicians. My passion is to guide musicians in how to think better about improvisation and the ability to connect their creative musical voice to their instrument, no matter which instrument they play.
The secret I share in my books, videos, courses, and talks is that the music is already inside you. Amplify it through your instrument by getting out of its way. If your improvising or musicianship is not all you wish it were, it’s likely because you’ve been convinced that the music originates in your instrument or can somehow be manufactured through your analytical reasoning.
The music inside you will flow from your instrument once you confidently connect your instrument to your musical mind. THAT’S where your music originates and THAT’s your state of flow. I’ve helped many musicians get much closer to that and I’d like to help you.
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Nearly 60 videos originally created for TikTok have been reproduced for this course on improvisation.
Seven categories include Ear Training, Music Theory, Time & Rhythm, Interviews with Masters, Deep Thinking, The Jazz Language, and lots of Practical Tips.
If entertaining 3-minute lessons packed with practical insights, exercises, and examples sound like something that can help elevate your improvisation game, this is for you.