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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Lessons from the road – Tokyo!

Greeting from Tokyo for this first in a series of “Lessons from the road”. I’ve finally found a setup that I’m really comfortable practicing with on the road and it also doubles as a setup I can use to record video lessons for your guys. Enjoy the video, and I look forward to bringing you more of these from all over the world!

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Practice Session February 28th 2016

With the amount of traveling I’m doing this year it’s been imperative to find a practice routine that works both at home and on the road. I’m going to be posting a series of these videos so you can see behind the scenes of how practicing during an intense work schedule works! Never before has technology been so immense that it’s able to capture high quality video and audio with very little equipment. So I’m psyched to be able to travel with a Zoom H6 and my iPhone 6s and capture both high quality audio and video from the most unlikely places on the planet.

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Aguilar Artist Loft Clinic Part 4

In February of 2014 I was fortunate enough to be invited to New York to give a clinic at the new Aguilar artist loft. I took my good friends Mike Stern and Cliff Almond with me to play some music and answer some questions, and of course was running my gopro for the session so you can check out the entire clinic! This is split up into four parts so be sure to check them all out.

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Aguilar Artist Loft Clinic Part 3

In February of 2014 I was fortunate enough to be invited to New York to give a clinic at the new Aguilar artist loft. I took my good friends Mike Stern and Cliff Almond with me to play some music and answer some questions, and of course was running my gopro for the session so you can check out the entire clinic! This is split up into four parts so be sure to check them all out.

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Aguilar Artist Loft Clinic Part 2

In February of 2014 I was fortunate enough to be invited to New York to give a clinic at the new Aguilar artist loft. I took my good friends Mike Stern and Cliff Almond with me to play some music and answer some questions, and of course was running my gopro for the session so you can check out the entire clinic! This is split up into four parts so be sure to check them all out.

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Aguilar Artist Loft Clinic Part 1

In February of 2014 I was fortunate enough to be invited to New York to give a clinic at the new Aguilar artist loft. I took my good friends Mike Stern and Cliff Almond with me to play some music and answer some questions, and of course was running my gopro for the session so you can check out the entire clinic! This is split up into four parts so be sure to check them all out.

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Practice Session May 4th 2015

I threw the camera up while I was working on some 8th note time and sound things. The bass line is completely random walking in 4 that I recorded into the looper, and the soloing doesn’t have any set harmonic structure. I’m looking for ideas, developing them as far as I can, and then moving onto the next one. This is a few minutes from a 3 hr practice session just to give you an idea of what I’m working on on a daily basis.

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