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Empowering you improvise more easily, more musically, and more satisfyingly.

Courses, exercises, and books for you to reap the musical benefits of improvising regardless of instrument or musical style.

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Choose the free resource for the playing challenge you'd most like to improve.

Playing more melodically

Know how to improvise more melodic lines that you hear inside instead of just memorized patterns and licks.
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Developing a better ear

Connect your musical ear to your instrument so that what you hear, you can play. This will make you a much better improvsor!
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About 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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The things you help me hear in my playing give me a much needed fresh perspective I get nowhere else.

Armed with that new perspective and the fascinating tools you provide, I can tell you without a doubt I am a much better and more confident player because of you.

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From the Savvy Series...

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Strengthen your ear for jazz with powerful and unique exercises. Hear music in ways you've never experienced.
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Develop a better sense of time and rhythm with these fun exercises. Sections on Metronomic, Phrase, and Groove rhythm.
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Build your jazz trombone chops with this one-of-a-kind instruction specific for the instrument.
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The missing manual for alto trombone. For all levels starting with learning the positions to developing good intonation to improvisation
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Free? What is the catch?

Yes, for the moment, Groovz Playground is free. You just need to sign in or register using your name and email here.

It's free for two reasons: 1. to get more people using it who are hopefully giving me feedback, and 2. to be able to connect with you and others to show you how to improve your improvisation.

No one else has access to your information. I promise.

How will Groovz Playground improve my improvisation?

Developing your ear is the quickest and best way to improve your musical skills regardless of style. Groovz Playground focuses you on deep listening by giving you harmonically simple loops within a variety of interesting tempos, styles, and keys so that instead of concentrating on the progression of complicated chords and the form, you can simply listen to the repeating harmony and focus on your playing.

How will I know what to play over the loops?

Each track (loop) displays four notated sections: 1. the 1, 2, 3, or 4 chords of the loop, 2. the associated scale for each chord, 3. the single notes that sound good over the entire loop, and 4. a written out melodic phrase or two that sound good over the loop in order to get you started.

Do I need to be a jazz player to benefit from this?

No. Even though improvisation is mostly associated with jazz, anyone will benefit from being able to improvise. Playing over these tracks will improve your sight reading, intonation, phrasing, rhythm, and creativity.

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Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!