The premier ear-based online video training
that will elevate your jazz improvisation
Does this sound strangely familiar?
Your THINKING and CALCULATING and PROJECTING could be exactly what is preventing you from playing as you imagine!
Are you ready to finally rid yourself of the barrier blocking so much of your innate ability to improvise well?
I want to help you play jazz better. And I can.
Learn how to enable the music inside to finally flow out of your instrument
“My ear has improved since taking your course and have seen improvement in my improvising. Hope that more aspiring musicians find out about your course. They won’t be disappointed.” – Jim M.
What you will gain from this course
Tools for building your skills so that you are no longer locked into the written notes, memorized patterns, or the ‘correct’ scales.
About Your Instructor Michael Lake
The jazz chops, knowledge, and communication skills to guide you into taking your playing to the next level. (Whatever level that means for you.)
Jazz and latin musician having played with Hank Mobley, Lalo Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Nancy Wilson, and many more.
AUTHOR & COMPOSER
Written over a dozen books on jazz, trombone, & skill development. Composer of over 100 pieces of music for chamber groups and electronic orchestra.
WORLD-CLASS MULITMEDIA STORYTELLER
Founder of the Jazz Master Summit as well as a 30-year producer of commercials, instructional videos, and communication tools.
What's included within Improvisation Savvy?
MODULE ONE - Introduction
In the introduction, I help you think clearly about your musical goals and expectations. A questionnaire and assessment exercise provides a benchmark for beginning the course.
- What are your personal musical goals?
- How good is your ear?
- A conversation about developing your unique musical personality
- Four video lessons
MODULE TWO - Jazz Thoery
An introduction to jazz theory that teaches you to hear the music rather than just see and memorize notes, chords, and scales.
MODULE THREE - Hearing the Music
The core of this course is the strengthening of your ear and its connection to your instrument. These lessons help you identify and eliminate internal chatter and reliance on analytical thinking that is getting in the way of your music. It really is!
- What does it really mean to hear?
- How to quiet your left brain chatter
- Assessing and strengthening your note & pattern matching skills and harmonic anticipation
- Putting the power of habit to use
- 8 video lessons
MODULE FOUR - Time & Rhythm
An innate sense of rhythm is indispensable for a jazz player or for any musician. Believe it or not, your ability to keep the pulse of the music is more important than accurately choosing the ‘right’ notes.
- You’ll assess the strength of your time
- Strengthening metronomic rhythm
- Developing your groove rhythm
- Discovering your phrase rhythm
- 7 video lessons
MODULE FIVE - Tool, Tips, & Tactics
As with any complex skill, there are physical and mental shortcuts for practicing and playing more effectively. Here, we identify and work on several that will improve your playing.
- The proper use of anchor notes
- The power of constraint exercises
- Identifying and isolating problem spots in your improvisation
- How to most effectively transcribe solos
- What muscle testing can teach you about your playing
- 9 video lessons
MODULE FOUR - How to Practice Well
Regardless of the tools and teachers at your disposal, you must be your own teacher, and therefore, know how to most effectively learn to learn and to practice.
- How to know what best to work on
- How much time should you practice and how to find it.
- Left versus right brain practice
- Practicing the way your brain works best
- 5 video lessons
What you get from the course...
- The complete video library $297
How to know what best to work on How much time should you practice and how to find it. Left versus right brain practice Practicing the way your brain works best 5 video lessons - Worth $400
- Campanion eBooks $150
A total of 30 worksheets and eBooks provide important visual tools and exercises to help you learn and to practice much better - Worth $220
- Hundreds of audio files 150
This course is filled with lots of interesting audio files. You'll get cool rhythm tracks to practice your improvisation, a variety of tracks crafted for the many exercises you'll see in the PDFs, and standard tracks for applying what you are learning - Worth $220
A $597 value if bought separately.
You pay only $297 !
Words on my methods from my students
100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
If after working through the course, you don’t get results, I’ll refund you every penny and wish you the best. And you keep the bonuses