How to listen to jazz: Listening webs
If someone wants to excel at any activity, it is necessary for them to observe the greatest practitioners of the craft. This is especially true of jazz. By immersing themselves in the language of the music, young players can greatly expand their vocabulary and understanding of the style.
I transcribed. Now what?
If you’re like me, then there always seems to be a gap between the time you spend transcribing and your growth as an improviser.
How to listen to jazz: Intro to deep listening
In this season of school closures and social distancing, many educators have been tasked with converting their classrooms into an online format. Listening assignments are incredibly valuable and easy to implement in our new educational landscape.
The road to launching Downbeat Academy
What was the result the last time you searched for something music education-related on the web? If you’re like me and my confidants, the results were...less than fruitful.
How to shape your solos like Kurt Rosenwinkel
"Chords" is from Kurt Rosenwinkel's album The Remedy recorded live at the Village Vanguard in New York City. This solo encompasses a variety of pentatonic scale applications paired with modal and melodic pairings over the form.