Using your metronome in creative ways can help you internalize pulse, subdivisions, groove, meter, and syncopation.
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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:
Technique and theory are important, but they are not prerequisites for improvisation.
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“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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