I’m a big fan of jazzadvice.com. The cats that run it, Forrest & Eric, crank out great article after great article, year after year. They’re a total inspiration for us here at LearnJazzFaster.com.
If you’re a jazz musician reading this (and I assume you probably are!), then surely you’ve spent hours perusing the jazzadvice site.
If not, you’re in for a treat today. I’ve decided to share seven killer pieces from JazzAdvice.com.
Here are seven articles from Forrest & Eric that I think are must read articles.
They’re in no particular order.
Why You Shouldn’t Be a Real Book Player
A great article about the perils of learning tunes from the Real Book, rather than by ear. You’ll discover the pitfalls of being a real book player, why it’s really just a crutch and why it’s probably holding you back as an improviser.
The Reason You Need to Start Thinking About Jazz Language Right Now…
If you’ve been hanging with me at LearnJazzFaster.com for any length of time, you’ve heard me talk, ramble and rant about developing your vocabulary and language as a player. I love what the J.A. cats have to say on the subject. This post will talk you through the 3 stages of learning jazz improvisation.
The Jazz Musician’s Most Important Tool: How To Strengthen Your Musical Memory
This is an essential article about musical memory. This is the stuff that will help you play by ear, develop your own sound and feed your creative fires. Every great player I know talks about the importance of musical memory and aural imagination. Such an important topic!
6 Disastrous Mistakes You’re Making in Learning to Improvise
I’m a bit of a ‘mistake connoisseur’. I’ve made ’em all, tried ’em, done ’em all. I’ve even repeated some of the same damn mistakes over and over again…for years and years:( LearnJazzFaster.com largely exists to help jazz students & musicians avoid those same mistakes. This article hits home for me. Stop making these mistakes and you’ll start progressing more quickly with your music.
7 Crucial Lessons from History’s Greatest Improvisers
There’ SO much good stuff in this article. If you do nothing more than read lesson #1 you’ll be much better off. In fact lesson #1 is one of the most overlooked ideas in today’s world of overly academic and intellectual jazz. And possibly the most important lesson to remember.
10 Brilliant Jazz Solos And What You Can Learn From Them
Yet another article packed full of ‘jazz wisdom bombs’. This wisdom comes to you straight from the masters. There are lessons here from greats like Sonny, Trane, Bird and Miles.
10 Killer Tips for Transcribing Jazz Solos That I Wish I’d Known All Along
By now it’s clear how important it is to learn by ear and learn from the tradition. Transcribing is an obvious and valuable activity of an aspiring jazzer. This article breaks it down and give you 10 helpful tips to maximize and succeed with your transcribing efforts.
Alright! That wraps it up. A big thanks to Eric and Forrest for all their hard work and generosity! These 7 articles are by no means the only awesome articles at jazzadvice.com. You could spend days pouring over their site. Which I highly recommend you do! Of course, at some point you gotta get your axe out and start applying what you’ve learned from the J.A. cats…