Practicing Jazz


WORTH READING THIS FIRST… 1) On Practice: A Guide to Practicing for Jazz Musicians: There are no licks or transcriptions here, just practical guidance regarding structuring time effectively based upon an understanding the various improvisational the processes. See/click here ON PRACTICING v7

2) Practicing Tunes and Forms: How to memorise forms and generate harmony with detail. This method (informed by Lennie Tristano and Bill Evans) works with all standard songs, jazz repertoire and contemporary forms.

3) Chord-tone Improvisation and Enclosures for Improvisation: Practical steps in improvising with chord-tones.

4) Transcription: The rationale for transcription, dispelling a few myths and links to useful transcription resources – click here.

5) Garzone’s thing… triads, chromaticism and “randomnivity” – click here.

6) Linear Rhythm… manipulating the rhythmic aspect of line – click here.

7) Recommended Reading: Book-list of helpful publications for practice.

8) Videos, Broadcasts and Podcasts – Coltrane, Lester Young, a lesson with Joe Lovano, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz etc – click here.

9) Websites and Blogs – websites and blogs with high content re practice – click here.

For advice/consultation about practice including 1:1 lessons, SKYPE consultations etc, please contact me at


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