The Most Useful Scale In Jazz Improvisation

The primary sonic material of melody is scales. Sure, arpeggios, passing tones and symmetrical intervals are in the mix, too. But so much melodic beauty comes directly (and indirectly) from the scales themselves. It’s highly unlikely you’ll study jazz improvisation without going deeply into the study and practice of scales, and how they relate to […]

Practicing Music: Balancing Subtraction And Addition

To improve and grow as a musician, you have to practice with very specific aims in mind. When you’re practicing effectively, you’re doing either one or two things: You’re unlearning habits that interfere with your ability to play better. You’re learning new ideas, skills, information, repertoire, patterns, etc., to expand what you are able to […]