Who Cares if You Practice?

As players and teachers, many of us obsess over what to practice, how to...


Ideal Music Under Perfect Conditions

I want to share a writing exercise from composer, pianist, and author W.A....


This Might Not Work

The mindset for creating a body of original work is simple, yet enormously...


Being Generic Is a Choice

I had the privilege of leading hands-on improvisation workshops for music majors...


Why Artists Embrace Nonlinear Practice

If you find creativity mysterious, you may be stuck in linear thinking. ...


4 Myths About Improvisation

Improvisation, the most widely practiced of all musical activities, is probably...


Choose Your Village

All music is village music. We are collective beasts, more collective than...


5 Strategies for Managing Fear

I meet countless musicians who are interested in musical improvisation, but are...


How to Play Music from Memory

Do you have trouble committing music to memory—even pieces you have played for...


Words of Wisdom from Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy

Follow your appetite. By running away from something, you are running toward...