Want To Find Your True Voice As An Improviser? Transcribe Yourself

One of the standard practices in studying jazz music is to transcribe improvised solos played by great performers. From the more “classic” masters such as Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and  Bill Evans, on up to contemporary artists such as Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner or Dave Douglas. Transcribing a solo that you really like […]

Want To Improve Your Time? Call Upon Your Imagination

To me the most fundamental skill for an improvisor to have is good time. Specifically, being able to perceive and control tempo. It’s probably impossible to create rhythmic interest and thematic development without first having a strong internal clock as a point of reference. (You never hear a beautifully improvised solo where the player’s time […]

I Love To Practice!

Welcome to my blog. This is my first entry. I got the idea for this after recently having a bit of a renaissance with my musical practice. I’m a professional saxophonist (and to a somewhat lesser degree, a flutist) who is deeply in love with improvising. I’ve always been well-disciplined where practice is concerned, but […]