The Art of Skill

by Dave Liebman

Dave writes candidly about a variety of topics with passion and great insight. He tells his personal story of pursuing his own musical voice, parting with the sound of his lifelong hero, John Coltrane. That epiphany and experience is something we can all learn from.

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Just some of what you'll learn from Lieb...

Self-awareness required for knowing your life's true purpose

Dave talks openly about the night his life would change in 1962 from his epiphany upon seeing John Coltrane live at Birdland, and offers advice for being open and aware of moments that will change your life. 

Knowing the practice habits that are right for you

Practicing eight hours every day is not the right approach for everyone. Dave shares his observations of various practicing habits from Miles to Michael Brecker.

The skill, courage, and knowledge necessary to find your personal inner musical voice

Stories of great players Dave knew as well as his own journey provide real-life examples and inspiration to discover how you are meant to sound. 

The critical importance of being a well-rounded musician

Knowing your scales, chords, and tunes are insufficient to be a complete musical artist. Immersing yourself in philosophy, culture, and other arts is essential for the energy and inspiration for your music, and Dave explains why.

Escaping the trap of forever sounding like your musical heroes

Modeling the great players of this music is an essential part of developing skill but Dave explains the importance of breaking with your copying and moving forward with your personal sound and approach.

Common traits of jazz musicians

Dave discusses the attributes common to creative and professionally successful jazz musicians.

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!