Improvisation: Discovering And Defining Your Voice

What is it that makes a particular jazz artist sound so immediately recognizable? Is it tone? Phrasing? Rhythmic conception? Time feel? Articulation? Harmonic vocabulary? Melodic sensibility? Something else entirely….? Perhaps even something undefinable? Truth be told, it’s probably not one single thing. Though there certainly are distinctive qualities some artists possess that immediately stand out […]

A Highly Effective (And Really Fun!) Way To Improve Your Ears

  There are so many resources available now for improving your ear, both for general musicianship, and more specifically for improvisation. One simple little device that can be immensely helpful is a drone. (I’m of course talking about a device that makes a continuous humming sound, not the aircraft.) In the past few months, I’ve […]

New Book: Rhythmic Dissonance

I’m very pleased to announce that my latest eBook, Rhythmic Dissonance: Exercises to Improve Time, Feel and Conception, is now available for purchase and immediate download. Though the work in this book will help you significantly improve your improvisational skills and expression, it is not designed exclusively for the study of improvisation. Instead, it is […]

Something You Do When You Practice That Is Always A Good Use Of Your Time

If you practice patience in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow. -Chinese Proverb Serious, daily musical practice is something that is loaded with speculation and second-guessing. Lots of “should’ve, would’ve and could’ve”, as my father would say. Whenever I’m giving a practice coaching session to a musician, the topic […]