How your eyes make it so much harder to improvise jazz
Give your ear a chance. It hears more than you give it credit for. Continue to practice your technique, run your scales, and learn about harmony, but when the time comes to play music over changes, just listen.
How well do you TRULY know these standard tunes?
You show up at a jam session and Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, and Bye Bye Blackbird are called in their standard keys. You know the melody for each of those tunes and make your way pretty well through your soloing. Looking back, however, how well did you know those tunes?
An unusual testimonial on the Art of Skill
The Art of Skill – the book Dave Liebman and I put together – is selling well. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback.
Getting the most out of Trombone Improvisation Savvy
I got an email recently from an owner of Improvisation Savvy who wrote that he isn’t getting what he had hoped he would from the book. He was looking for chord/scale instruction to teach him jazz improvisation and felt that the book was, therefore, for more advanced players. For anyone publishing materials for skill development, […]
How to develop your unique musical personality and style through right brain connection with your instrument
Think about playing using your right (creative) brain. It’s the part of your brain that, if connected well to your instrument, allows for the most authentic improvisation. You hear a note, you’re better able to play that note. Your instrument becomes the amplifier of your musical “voice”. But there’s another aspect to improvisation that benefits […]
The core skill of jazz improvisation you have probably not yet been taught
It’s been way too long since I wrote something here. My musical life has shifted and blogging has taken a back seat. It wasn’t that long ago that I felt guilty if I hadn’t written anything that week. As you’ll see throughout the next thousand words, my lack of blogging has not been for a […]