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.
How to make your music go viral
“Catchy” musical themes have a tendency to be remembered and shared, much like memes. In this article, I will show you how to create strong "musical memes" that have the potential to make your next song or improvised solo go viral.
How to extract musical ideas for improvisation from a recording
Picking up musical themes by ear is one of the best ways to get better at jazz improvisation. In this article, I will outline 3 steps to acquire and internalize musical ideas from a solo performance by the legendary jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani.
How to learn music by ear: a step by step guide
Learning music by ear is one of the most valuable skills you can develop as a musician. In this article, I will share with you my step-by-step procedure that will allow you to pick up any piece of music from a recording, reproduce it, and make it your own.
Don’t know what to play in your solo? Here’s where to find ideas for jazz improvisation.
A solid repertoire of musical vocabulary is key if you aim to gain fluency in jazz improvisation. In this article, I will outline how you can start building your musical vocabulary from 3 sources of licks.
Don’t like transcribing solos? Do this instead.
Transcribing solos is one of the most popular ways to pick up musical vocabulary, but it is not for everyone!
In this article, I will demonstrate an alternative approach to practice improvisation skills.