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 […]

Ask Yourself These Four Questions To Make Your Practice Time More Effective

One of the things that many highly accomplished musicians have in common is the ability to practice in an efficient and effective manner. This is a skill that is cultivated and improved upon over a lifetime. As a practice coach, my main aim is to connect my client’s desires with their actions. In other words: […]

Change This Habit In Your Daily Practice To Become A Better Improviser

Ah…good ol’ 4/4 time. It is so prevalent in western music that it is often referred to as “common time”. Most of the compositions in the standard jazz repertoire are composed in this ubiquitous time signature. But even though the harmonic forms of these pieces are based around this time subdivision, it doesn’t mean that […]