Training your brain to get the most from method books

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book Rhythm Savvy. The skills I teach in my books are complex to say the least. Playing a musical instrument is an incredibly difficult task. Learning or improving skills like improvisation, developing a groove, and playing with accurate time only come with time and hard work. Just buying…

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Hearing note placement within phrases

I created what I think is an interesting exercise for evaluating and strengthening one’s ability to hear the difference between notes placed early in the beat, late in the beat, and right on. This is now on page 39 of Rhythm Savvy, the book I am currently writing. No doubt that for some, this will…

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How to become increasingly better on your musical instrument.

As I write books and produce instructional videos, I am constantly thinking about the relationship between practicing and getting better on one’s instrument. It’s a frequent topic in my writing and one on which I have much to say. Notice that the subject of this post was not, “Become an instant virtuoso on your instrument…

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Testing your sense of rhythm and time…

While writing my upcoming book, Rhythm Savvy, I wanted to create something in the beginning through which the listener could experience his or her own sense of rhythm. The following sound file called Finding One is an exercise for sensing the beat. Listen through the first eight bars to feel where beat one is. The…

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Rhythm Savvy for Video

This is the post that provides the exercise sound files for the Youtube video called Rhythm Savvy. The video is an introduction to my upcoming book called Rhythm Savvy which will be available in the summer of 2018. In the video I provide you some guidance for playing a few exercises within the book that…

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Rhythm Savvy in the works

I am writing my new book. It covers an important topic with which many players struggle. Namely, the ability to play with more of a deliberate and accurate sense of rhythm. I originally titled it Time and Rhythm Savvy because I was making a distinction between the steady pulse of music and the stream of…

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A lesser know tool for helping you play more in tune

I just created a new video on intonation. My original intention was to create one video covering three areas from which the music files within my books can be used. A reader of my last post suggested that instead of one video on all three areas I should create three separate videos. That made sense,…

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Better breathing for optimum trombone playing

I conducted an interesting social and musical experiment this week. After producing a video on better breathing for wind instruments, I created an incentive to leave a comment below the Youtube video. I offered a free copy of Jazz Ear Savvy to the first 10 good comments. I got all 10 in record speed and…

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