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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…

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A Modern Jazz Trumpet Practice Routine & Play Along

A Modern Jazz Practice Routine & Play – Along You need to work on technique, but are bored with the same routine? One of the benefits I have found while working on my undergraduate degree was being able to play a Bill Adam styled trumpet routine with another trumpet player. This allowed us to rest…

Visualizing the Pentatonic and Targets
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Visualizing the Pentatonic and Targets

2022 Update – It’s been years since I’ve done the Improvisation Thursday Facebook Live. It’s had a number of variations (i.e. YouTube’s Lick of the Day, What To Do With These Licks, etc.). You can still view the videos, but if you’d like the most up-to-date info; I would invite you to visit my online…

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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