How to improve your jazz improvisation with grace notes
Using grace notes and other musical ornaments is a simple and yet powerful way to create improvised music. In this article, I aim to demonstrate how a few strategically placed embellishments can really spice up your solos.
Why your best improvised jazz solos are built from simple musical themes
Interesting and engaging jazz solos are neither created out of thin air nor mechanically constructed. In this article, I will discuss how to turn simple musical themes into an endless stream of truly improvised music.
How to create a musical monster - and learn from it
Dr. Victor Frankenstein created new life by stitching together and reanimating the lifeless body parts of the deceased. What if I told you that the same is possible in music? This demonstration is not for the faint of heart, enter my lab at your own risk.
The ultimate minimalist left hand technique you need to know for jazz piano improvisation
Figuring out what to play in your left hand when improvising over chord changes can be daunting, especially if you are a beginner at jazz piano. In this article, I will present to you my favorite left hand comping technique that is both easy to learn and extremely powerful.
What is musical vocabulary?
Much like spoken language, improvised solos are built from basic words and phrases. In this article, we will look at a jazz performance from an outside perspective and learn how to recognize and acquire useful musical vocabulary to get better at improvisation.
What Mozart’s variations teach us about jazz improvisation
The essence of jazz improvisation is the ability to turn a simple musical theme into creative variations. Way ahead of his time, W.A. Mozart was a master at improvising music. In this article, we will explore 3 ways he comes up with the most astounding variations on a theme.