How Composing Can Keep You Out of Trouble
Analyzing | Arranging/Composing

How Composing Can Keep You Out of Trouble

How Composing Can Keep You Out of Trouble That’s right – Jazz Composing can keep you out of trouble. How CAN┬ácomposing keep you out of trouble? If you’ve followed this blog then you know this is mostly about improvisation tips. But, composing can help you with your improvisation too. I’ve heard it said (and repeated)…

Tritone Subs
Analyzing | Jason Klobnak Music | Outside-In | Weekly Improv Tips

Tritone Subs

I was having a conversation recently with someone who was having difficulty understanding what a tritone substitution was and how it can be used in improvisation. They had watched a number of videos on YouTube from someone who talked about the use of tritones in left-handed piano voicings. Unfortunately, they remained stuck thinking that was…

Analyzing | Jason Klobnak Music | Melody/Motifs | Personal Development | Weekly Improv Tips

Out of the Gate

I wanted to talk today about a very practical tip that can improve your improvisations on the bandstand. Everything we do in jazz improvisation is about creating music in the moment. Today’s tip is simple, yet one that is often overlooked with younger or intermediate level players. That is the importance of starting out strong…

Analyzing Lines-Donald Byrd on Nica’s Dream
Analyzing | Chromatic | Jason Klobnak Music | Shapes | Transcribing | Weekly Improv Tips

Analyzing Lines-Donald Byrd on Nica’s Dream

Analyzing Lines – Donald Byrd on Nica’s Dream Analyzing Nica’s Dream. About a year ago I started a series on Analyzing Lines. We took a look at a few lines of ┬ásome of the giants of jazz and broke them down to see why and how they worked. If we can uncover those questions we…

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