Music Savvy logo black on white

How to develop your most authentic and best jazz playing

I received an email yesterday from a well-known jazz musician who after watching someone on Youtube “teaching jazz’ on the piano using root position chords on ii-V-I’s asked me…

“Is it true that the more stupid and simplistic the delivery is, the more popular it is?” This video had over a quarter-million views, by the way.

As Dr. Brim and I wrote in our ebook, The Brain-Friendly Method for Musical Excellence, our brains are hardwired for efficiency. After all, if we had to originate solutions to every daily need instead of relying subconsciously on what we’ve habitually automatized, we’d grind ourselves to a life-ending halt. Could you imagine trying to discover each and every time how to tie your shoes?

But that doesn’t mean that by being simple, teaching should be just plain wrong.

The musician who wrote me was concerned over the fact that while online jazz teaching is becoming more and more mainstream, so much of its quality is less than ideal (to put it mildly). 

Between people claiming that mastery can come without effort and others offering grossly oversimplified or confusing methods, where does one go online to find some truth about learning to play jazz?

So I thought that this was the perfect time to share a clip from the second video Richie Bierach and I produced last week on improvisation. I shared his clip from our first video a couple of weeks ago on developing good time, and I got a ton of positive comments.

So with no dumbed-down delivery or promise of quick and easy magical results, here’s a short clip from our most recent video lesson by Richie on improvisation.

Experience the fun and speed of
improving your jazz improvisation!

Groovz Playground
backing tracks (FREE)

Pocket Jazz 60+ lesson
course ($47)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Picture of Michael Lake

Michael Lake

Trombonist, author, marketer, & tech guy

Share this post…

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Most recent
Most popular

It's great that you are enjoying Jazz Master Chat, but you've reach a limit on free usage.

Don’t worry. To continue using the chat, you will need to buy more time. It’s easy to do, and costs only $10 for x amount of interaction.

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!