Category Archives: Jazz Articles

4 Tips For Switching From Classical To Jazz

In todays lesson we’re going to focus on 4 tips that will help you make the transition from playing classical music to playing jazz. I recently received a question from a new reader asking me how to make this switch more easily. I think this is a great question because most instrumentalists initially start with…

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10 Jazz Scales You Should Know (Part 2)

This is a guest post by Leeds College of Music Professor Dr. Matt Warnock. Matt is a scale expert! This is the second part in our series of 10 jazz scales you should know. If you missed the first article you should absolutely check it out right here 10 jazz scales you should know (part 1) .…

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10 Jazz Scales You Should Know (Part 1)

Do you want to learn more about jazz scales? Congratulations you’ve come to the right place. This jazz scales article and many others on this site will help you! Musicians love scales. We really do! They sit nicely on our instruments, they are easy to play over changes, and many of us have been playing them…

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Grammy Nominee James Weidman Jazz Piano Interview

It is isn’t often that you’re fortunate enough to sit down with a Grammy Nominated jazz piano player and discuss how to become a better jazz musician. It must be our lucky day though because that’s what we’re going to do right now! James Weidman is a member of the Grammy Nominated Joe Lovano Band…

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3 Uncommon Tips For Practicing Jazz Piano Technique

When most of us think about practicing jazz piano technique we usually think of the same old boring exercises that piano players have been playing for countless years. Things like scale practice, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, and playing classical pieces. Now, to be fair these technique studies can be useful in certain ways but they don’t…

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10 Ways To Dominate Dominant Seventh Chords

Jazz Scales Demystified Do you want to learn more about playing jazz scales and soloing over dominant chords? Awesome. This article on jazz scales and many other articles on this website will help you.  To get started quickly you can check out any of the 3 jazz scale lessons below. 3 important minor jazz scales –…

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The 6 Steps To Success In Your Jazz Practice Routine

I recently was invited by the fantastic jazz guitar player Matt Warnock to write a guest article for his blog.  You can find the article I wrote here right here 6 steps to jazz practice success. I highly recommend you check out this article if you want to really take your jazz practicing skills to the next…

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Jazz Standards You Should Learn Part 2

If you need a list of jazz tunes to learn you’ve come to the right place! In today’s lesson we’re going to talk about 9 essential jazz tunes every jazz musician should learn. (This is the second post in the series on recommended jazz tunes you should learn.  If you missed the first post you…

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