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4 Creative Metronome Exercises

POSTED ON November 17, 2015   |   One Comment

Using your metronome in creative ways can help you internalize pulse, subdivisions, groove, meter, and syncopation.

metronomeCourtesy of Flickr/Paco

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3 Entry Points for Jazz Improvisation

POSTED ON October 26, 2015   |   2 Comments

The late, great trumpeter Clark Terry (a featured soloist in both the Basie and Ellington bands) said the most important elements of a jazz solo are:

  • Sound
  • Rhythm
  • Ideas

Technique and theory are important, but they are not prerequisites for improvisation.

 

Piano

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Rhythm Is More Important Than “Right” Notes

POSTED ON September 22, 2015   |   3 Comments

“Time and rhythm are king! Number one! All notes seem to sound good when they are played with good time.”

Jerry Bergonzi, Inside Improvisation: Melodic Rhythms

Jazz is rhythmic music. Groove, swing, and time-feel are by far more important than playing the “right” notes. Here is my entertaining attempt to prove it:

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