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Ideas In Cars, Honking (and Tom Waits)

Tom [Waits], for most of his life, he was pretty much the embodiment of the tormented contemporary modern artist, trying to control and manage and dominate these sort of uncontrollable creative impulses that were totally internalized. But then he got older, he got calmer, and one day he was driving down the freeway in Los Angeles, and this is when it…

10 Exercises Every Jazz Musician Should Know

Great stuff, but I’d say these are more exercises than warm-ups (at least speaking as a brass player). Warming up with so much would bust my chops before the gig started. You can buy the sheet music for these here.

You Are Playing Your Scales Wrong (The Map Technique)

I’d only add that learning all 12 (of anything: licks, scales, whatev) is a waste of time, especially if you aren’t a guitar player, because they can so easily shift keys with the same patterns. Hit the scale and/or lick really hard in the key it’s in, maybe transpose it into some nearby keys in the…

3 Music Bestsellers 81% Off for 24 hours! (10-28-18)

$1.99 for 24 Hours Now that everybody’s pretty well settled and back to school, I thought it’d be a good time to offer up my 3 bestsellers for $1.99 each. That’s 81% off the cover price! Each is frequently the #1 book in its category on Amazon.com. The $1.99 deal is only good for 24 hours,…

3 Things To Practice To Improve Your Playing FAST

Been digging Rick Beato’s stuff lately. Here’s one that’s a little guitar-centric, but translate them to any instrument. I’m doing some of these on both guitar and trumpet. this one, too: