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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 [...]