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How to learn music by ear: a step by step guide

supreme_lickster
Sep-13-2020

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.

supreme_lickster
Sep-06-2020

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.

supreme_lickster
Aug-30-2020

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.

How to use jazz licks like a grandmaster and own your improvised solos

supreme_lickster
Aug-23-2020

Ever wondered what exactly we mean when we talk about licks? In this article, I will explain what a "jazz lick" is, what it is not, and how thinking about licks as creative sparks will help you get better at jazz improvisation.

Making the shift from classical music to jazz

supreme_lickster
Aug-16-2020

In this article, I am giving my perspective as a musician who made the transition from classical music to jazz, and I aim to demonstrate how a background in classical music can help you get better at jazz improvisation.

How to build your own solos using the LickStack

supreme_lickster
Aug-08-2020

Licks on the LickStack are – by definition – building blocks for solos. In this article, I will show you how to construct your own solo over chord changes using our collection of crowdsourced licks.

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