Deepening Improvisation: Freeing Yourself From The Bar Line

The vast majority of jazz pedagogy materials (books, DVDs, etudes, etc.) place great emphasis on tonality. This is true for beginner through advanced artist level. If you’re a serious student of improvisation (at any level of proficiency) it is, of course, important to be continuously finding new ways to organize tonality: harmonic extensions/substitutions, auxiliary scales, […]

Rethinking A Well-Meaning Saying About Practicing

Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice it until you can’t get it wrong. This saying is common among athletes as well as performing artists. In essence, this sounds like a good reminder of how committed you must be, how faithfully and tenaciously you must practice something to do it consistently well. I’ve heard […]