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Category: Jazz Improvisation

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Jazz Improvisation Tip: Part 5 – The Importance of Checking Out Live Music and Jazz Improvisation

This video explores the role of live music in a jazz musicians development and exploration of jazz improvisation. The great players before all learned to play by listening to records, figuring it out on their axe, seeing live music and imitating the baddest cats in town, and by playing sessions and gigs. Learning jazz is [...]

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Jazz Improvisation Tips: Part 4 – Jazz Practice Bands – Learning Jazz Improvisation

In this video we’ll explore jazz practice bands. This video is part of series exploring the need to balance your musical activities while developing your jazz improvisation chops. All musicians of all instruments must put in a considerable amount of time playing with other musicians. In the same way that we learn to speak a [...]

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Jazz Improvisation Tips: Part 3 – Killing It At Jazz Jam Sessions

In this video we’ll talk about the importance of jazz musicians attending local jazz jam sessions. It’s where we cut our teeth as jazz improvisers. It’s where we develop our ears and start sharpening our musical instincts. Jam session are a great learning opportunity for jazz horn players – saxophone, trumpet, trombone, etc – and [...]

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Jazz Improvisation Tips: Part 2 – A Jazz Listening Guide For Jazz Improvisation Practice

In this video we’ll be talking about the paramount importance of listening as a regular part of your jazz practice. The great jazz improvisation masters that came before us spent countless hours listening to and studying the music of the other great players. The learned the language of jazz by listening, imitating, assimilating and finally [...]

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Jazz Improvisation Tips: Part 1 – The Great Balancing Act

In this video we will explore one of the biggest mistakes made by aspiring jazz musicians. It is so important for the student of jazz to include listening, eartraining, playing sessions, attending gigs and so on in to their daily practice activities. This obviously makes no difference whether you play jazz guitar, saxophone, piano or [...]