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    4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

    4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

    A few days ago I sent you a fantastic John Lennon quote about the two motivating factors in life (and music!): Love and Fear. With a fear based approach to learning, practicing and playing jazz we experience the following: Never feeling that we are ‘good enough’. Always feeling rushed, that we have too much to [...]

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    All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

    All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

    So, this morning I was hanging out on Facebook for a few minutes and I came across a beautiful post by a cat I went to Berklee with. He posted a really heavy John Lennon quote that really gets to the heart, I think, of what holds back, stifles and cripples many (or maybe even [...]

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    How to Make a Killer Jazz Practice Routine

    How to Make a Killer Jazz Practice Routine

    Ahh…the ever elusive, confusing and mystifying practice routine. Let me give you an analogy. Have you ever been to the gym? Some cats in the gym are in great shape. Some cats…umm…not so much to put it nicely. Overtime some cats keep getting in better and better shape, looking good and feeling great. Other cats [...]

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    5 Ways To Kill It Jam Sessions

    5 Ways To Kill It Jam Sessions

    In a previous post we talked about the importance of having a balanced approach to our jazz studies and practice. While I will openly admit that technique and theory are VERY important here’s the problem I see with most cats: They get hung up on practicing patterns and exercises – scale patterns, technical exercises, reading [...]

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    Hands Down the Best Practice Secret I Know

    Hands Down the Best Practice Secret I Know

    Now, if you tuned to the last post you’ll remember we were talking about musical talent. I told how I believe that each and every one of us has all the talent they need to go VERY far with music. Farther then we probably think possible. We chatted about “The Plasticity of the Brain” which [...]

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    The Chic Corea ‘Secret’ I Could Never Understand.

    The Chic Corea ‘Secret’ I Could Never Understand.

    “Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.” — Chick Corea Sound advice for sure. But what the hell does it mean? I’ve been trying to figure that out for 15 years. Way back when I was a young buck at Berklee, spinning my wheels in the practice rooms, practicing [...]

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    5 Ways To Kill It Jam Sessions

    5 Ways To Kill It Jam Sessions

    In a previous post we talked about the importance of having a balanced approach to our jazz studies and practice. While I will openly admit that technique and theory are VERY important here’s the problem I see with most cats: They get hung up on practicing patterns and exercises – scale patterns, technical exercises, reading [...]

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    You Are Talented. It’s True.

    You Are Talented. It’s True.

    Today I want to talk to you about something that I hope will make you feel really good about music. But I also want to rant for a quick minute. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a forum online where these cats were talk sh*t about me and my Monster Jazz Manifesto. You know. [...]

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    Vampires Killed My Jazz Practice Session

    Vampires Killed My Jazz Practice Session

    And Vampires may be killing your jazz practice, too! The result? You not making the progress with your playing that you want to. I’m talking about ‘Time Vampires’ of course. All of those annoying and pesky little interruptions and time-suckers that happened to all of us each and every day. If you don’t mind, I’d [...]

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    The Chic Corea ‘Secret’ I Could Never Understand.

    The Chic Corea ‘Secret’ I Could Never Understand.

    “Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.” — Chick Corea Sound advice for sure. But what the hell does it mean? I’ve been trying to figure that out for 15 years. Way back when I was a young buck at Berklee, spinning my wheels in the practice rooms, practicing [...]

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    4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

    4 Ways To Bring the Love to the Jazz Practice Room

    A few days ago I sent you a fantastic John Lennon quote about the two motivating factors in life (and music!): Love and Fear. With a fear based approach to learning, practicing and playing jazz we experience the following: Never feeling that we are ‘good enough’. Always feeling rushed, that we have too much to [...]

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    All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

    All You Need Is Love – John Lennon and Jazz

    So, this morning I was hanging out on Facebook for a few minutes and I came across a beautiful post by a cat I went to Berklee with. He posted a really heavy John Lennon quote that really gets to the heart, I think, of what holds back, stifles and cripples many (or maybe even [...]

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    9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians

    9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians

    Today I’ve got this cool little check list to lay on ya. Food for thought, if you dig… 9 Traits of Monster Jazz Musicians They Work On ‘Them Selves’. Monster players know that to play music at the deepest, most expressive and most badass level they’ve got to keep getting better as a person too. [...]

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    Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 2

    Why do other players seem to get better faster than I do? Part 2

    (Success Mindset—focus on wants, not on fears) Successful cats have what you might call the mindset of success. They think about what they want most of the time. They think about all of the reasons their music will benefit by learning those skills. They dwell on all the reasons why they CAN achieve the goals [...]

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