Not Your Ordinary Drones
For Beginners | Jason Klobnak Music | Listening | Melody/Motifs | Weekly Improv Tips

Not Your Ordinary Drones

Not Your Ordinary Drones I want to talk about drones, but not your ordinary ones. Other sites and musicians have talked about the benefits of warming up with drones, exploring shapes and intervals. All of this is great and something I personally use now and then too. If you haven’t explored this area before I…

Improv for Beginners part 2
For Beginners | Jason Klobnak Music | Melody/Motifs | Pentatonics | Rhythm | Weekly Improv Tips

Improv for Beginners part 2

  Welcome to part 2 of starting beginner’s on their improvisation journey. Last week we started off with what I believe is a great foundation to getting a beginner going. There are a number of different opinions, theories and options. However, this is how I like to introduce those just starting. I have seen it…

Say That Again
Chromatic | Digital Patterns | For Beginners | Intervals | Jason Klobnak Music | Listening | Melody/Motifs | Shapes | Weekly Improv Tips

Say That Again

Have you ever had a line in your improvisation that came up in the moment that you liked so much that you wanted to Say That Again? But, the progression keeps moving so you had to transpose the line. For some improvisers this scenario can be nerve-racking because you might only know that line in…

Practice Your Weaknesses
For Beginners | Jason Klobnak Music | Personal Development | Weekly Improv Tips

Practice Your Weaknesses

I had a student recently ask me, “Now that I am on summer break, what should I practice to get better for next school year?” To answer that we should look at what practicing is and what it should not be. By definition, practicing is performing an activity or exercise/skill repeatedly/regularly in order to improve…

Fun with Arpeggios part 1
Digital Patterns | For Beginners | Intervals | Jason Klobnak Music | Weekly Improv Tips

Fun with Arpeggios part 1

For some instruments, arpeggios are very easy to execute because you can keep the same finger pattern or hand position and move it up and/or down the instrument. As a trumpet player, they can be a little more difficult to perform. I have loved playing the major 7th arpeggio in my improvisations because of the…

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