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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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The Future of Humanity Is In YOUR Hands, Jazz Musicians

The Future of Humanity Is In YOUR Hands, Jazz Musicians

You are a hero. You may not even be aware of it. But it’s true. Each day when you pick up your instrument, tune up and start your practice session you are making the world a better place. You see, I believe that jazz musicians like you and I are the future of humanity in [...]