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Groovz Playground

Have fun while learning some harmonic theory through simple looping play-alongs.

The free Groovz Playground is your chance to let your ear guide you through various styles, tempos, and keys without the burden of thinking through tune form, modulations, and constantly changing chords. Groovz Playground will actually help you through all of that by listening more than thinking.

"Wow, Mike, this is brilliant, marvelous! Fun, eminently approachable from any skill level, and very well thought out coaching materials. Love your consistent emphasis on hearing the sounds in context and letting go of thinking."
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David Borg
Reed player & Groovz Playground user

Free simply for registering

Improvisation Savvy

Improve your improvisation skills while elevating your jazz musicianship - on any instrument.

The online course, Improvisation Savvy, consists of 50 video lessons, supplemental written materials, listening examples, and quizzes – everything aimed to provide you with tools to improvise jazz better than you thought possible.

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How to discover the REAL root of a playing problem.

Original price was: $67.00.Current price is: $14.95.

Other Courses

If you are frustrated by endless scale practice and watching lessons of great players blow through tunes with no idea how that will make you a better improviser, look through this collection of ear-based training for jazz improvisation.

Music Savvy specializes in jazz learning materials that are practical and based on the idea that the best thing you can do to become the player you imagine is to connect your ear to your instrument, whichever instrument you play.

Mouse over or tap the image to learn more and purchase the course or workbook. 

Experience the fun and speed of
improving your jazz improvisation!

Groovz Playground
backing tracks (FREE)

Pocket Jazz 60+ lesson
course ($47)
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Michael Lake

Trombonist, author, marketer, & tech guy

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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

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