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How to Use Jazz Improvisation to Improve Communication Skills In Teenagers

How to Use Jazz Improvisation to Improve Communication Skills In Teenagers As a high school student or even a band director, you might be looking for ways to improve your improvisation and communication skills for yourself or your students. You might think that jazz improvisation isn’t the right place to start, but it’s one of…

Harmonic Targeting
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Harmonic Targeting

Harmonic Targeting My previous blog posts about targeting concepts (aiming at a goal note with purpose) have dealt with the various ways we can get to the targeted note. We’ve also discussed what makes a good target. But, in today’s post I wanted to touch on something that I think might help a number of…

Not Your Ordinary Drones
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Not Your Ordinary Drones

Not Your Ordinary Drones I want to talk about a jazz drone, but these are not your ordinary drones. 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…

How Composing Can Keep You Out of Trouble
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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 composing 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)…

Genius Jamtracks Review
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Genius Jamtracks Review

Genius Jamtracks Review I am incredibly honored and excited to share a Genius Jamtracks Review. A relatively new app that I believe will absolutely help you with your improvisations. I was recently approached by the creators of this app, Dimitris Neonakis and Antonis Tsikandilakis to check out their new app which is the first polyrhythmic…

Why Your Improvisation Never Works Out the Way You Plan
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Why Your Improvisation Never Works Out the Way You Plan

You’ve been there at some point. We all have. Whether you plan something really far in advance (maybe in your younger/development stages) or on the bandstand in the heat of the moment; we’ve all been there. So why does your improvisation never (or at least many times) work out the way you plan? Because the…

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