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Three free phone-based jazz resources for busy jazz learners

Produced specifically for today’s attention-skattered phone-based life, here are three powerful jazz resources that are easy to consume and rewarding to learn from.

The Snow Leopard and Stage Fright pieces are excerpts from larger materials created by Richie Beirach and me. Richie draws from his over 30 years of teaching and performing at the world’s highest levels and he communicates these fresh ideas like no one else. 

Pocket Jazz is a video-based improvisation course created by me that originated from several popular TikTok videos. 

Feel free to share this page with any students looking for inspiration and new ideas for playing jazz well. Just click an image below to experience the full free piece. 

Our goal is to reach the largest possible audience of enthusiastic learners who want their information fast and easy.

Richie and I are very interested in your thoughts on these jazz resources and those of others with whom you share these. Feel free to contact me with feedback or if you experience any problems using these three resources.

1. The Magic Within
The Snow Leopard

How do jazz greats spontaneously perform as if they are reading each other’s mind? 

Richie Beirach answers that by spelling out how he, George Mraz, and Jack DeJohnette  performed the first and only take of his tune The Snow Leopard in Stuttgart, Germany’s Bauer Studios for ECM records.

2. Overcoming
Stage Fright

The phone-based article How to Overcome Stage Fright

As a teacher for over 30 years, Richie has helped countless students overcome their fear of public performance.

Drawing from his personal and teaching experiences, decades of live and recorded performances, and stories of transformation, Richie provides practical guidance for shedding the anxiety of performance.

3. The Pocket Jazz Improvisation Course

This course originated from a series of short TikTok lessons from Michael Lake which grew into over 60 video lessons built for phone. 

Nearly 70 listening examples and several companion documents combine for a comprehensive, entertaining, and informative course on improvisation for any instrument.

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

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!