2-5-1’s Part 4

The 2-5-1, possibly the most common harmonic device in all of jazz harmony. I this course we deconstruct and demystify the process of increasing your ability to improvise over it!

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2-5-1’s Part 3

The 2-5-1, possibly the most common harmonic device in all of jazz harmony. I this course we deconstruct and demystify the process of increasing your ability to improvise over it!

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2-5-1’s Part 1

The 2-5-1, possibly the most common harmonic device in all of jazz harmony. I this course we deconstruct and demystify the process of increasing your ability to improvise over it!

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Thinking Composition With Chords

There’s always a second motive to what I practice and with chords it’s no different. Yes, I’m improving my ability when it comes to playing chords but I’m also working on composition at the same time. Filing away each and every chord sequence and root motion I come up with when I’m working on chords. This is super useful when it comes to compiling music for a recording or an arrangement for a show.

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Tour Rehearsal Masterclass

Rehearsals are a fundamental element of any kind of career in music. We work hard on preparation for any live performance or recording and rehearsing is yet another tool we can continually work on getting better at. I’m so happy that I threw the camera up to capture a rehearsal with Peter Erskine’s band just before heading to Japan on tour. I’ve narrated it with video shot after the fact to give my insights and thoughts about what you might be able to learn from the footage.

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Lessons from the road – London – Metric Modulation

I remember hearing things on records and thinking to myself I’d a) maybe never be able to play it and b) had no real way of even starting to understand where a phrase was coming from rhythmically. One of the most common metric modulation type rhythmic phrases I came across (and finally cracked the code to understanding it!) was four note cells grouped in triplet phrases. It even sounds complicated to write or read about, but it’s actually pretty simple and incredibly effective. Check out this video and don’t forget to download the sheet music below that accompanies the lesson.

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Lessons from the road – Paris – Backing track practice

More tips not just on practicing on the road (which is where I am right now) but on practicing in general. I’ve started to create backing tracks for you guys to download and jam along to, and this is the first in a series of lessons that features a track you can use in your own practice routine.

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Lessons from the road – Miami – Chord Inversions part 1

The conditions here in Miami couldn’t be more drastically different in terms of humidity from the desert last week! And in response to a question in the comments section below a chord inversion lesson this lesson, and the next one I’ll post are all about chord inversions with the 7th in the root. Lots of great material to be had from this simple concept!

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Lessons from the road – Rancho Mirage

Hello gang! This week I’m coming to you from the dry heat of the California desert out in Rancho Mirage. I got some down time to practice in the hotel room and shoot this video for you taking a look at a bunch of different things. This video includes looking at how a change in climate effects your playing (such as a the super dry air of the desert where I am right now) and also about how to create melodic ideas using a simple minor pentatonic scale.

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