Learning How To Fish (#5)

I love eating fish! I love cooking fish! But I do not necessarily like fishing for fish. I imagine an analogy here to learning jazz music. 

I can’t tell you how often I encounter a student enthusiastically asking me for…

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To Turn a Phrase (#4)

As I’ve suggested in earlier articles, some people put a lot of emphasis on technique, however some of our most famous music artists don’t possess the “best” technique. So how is it that they become so popular? 

My theory is…

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Fear and Loathing on the (Jazz) Campaign Trail (#3)

I am borrowing Hunter S. Thompson’s book title, Fear & Loathing on the Campaign Trail for the title of this article. What are some musicians afraid of and/or what do they loath? 

You might say stage fright, but that’s not…

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You Are What You Eat

We’ve probably all heard that saying, “you are what you eat,” but how about this one: 

“You play what you practice?” 

To some extent, they’re both true. If I am even slightly correct, it begs the warning/question: 

“Be careful about…

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The Shed and the Toolbox

If you want to build your own shed, you’ll probably need some tools. 

If you don’t have any tools, or if you don’t have enough tools, you’ll need  to get some new ones. In other words, you’ll need to build…

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