Håkan Hardenberger: Charlier Etudes

Some of the most beautiful trumpet playing you’re likely to hear. During the interviews for The Practice of Practice, it was a treat and privilege to speak with jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen about practice. She’d just returned from Sweden for a trumpet summit, and Mr. Hardenberger (and a lot of other great players) were there,…

How to Listen to Music: 4 Takes

When a master musician (who happens to be deaf) tells you how to listen, pay attention. One of my all-time favorites from Evelyn Glennie (who I’ve posted about before).

Gorgeous Guitar Chord Analyzer/Creator

If you’re into clean design and guitar playing, look no further. Oolimo is both. Three color schemes to choose from and lots of options for chords: enter your own or choose them. One of the coolest features is that Oolimo will list all the other chords that can be used with the same fingering and…

How to Practice Improvisation, from Chick Corea

I sure wish I’d heard about Chick Corea’s idea of gradients in practice while conducting research interviews for The Practice of Practice. It’s a little like the fractal nature of goals. Here’s what Mr. Corea had to say about gradients:

Freaky: AI “Pianist” Plays Black MIDI

The future is unevenly distributed. Soon it will be impossible for anyone but an expert to tell what’s human and what’s computer-generated. It can already be difficult or impossible for some to tell the difference. These A.I.-generated piano hands were created by Canadian-based Massive Technologies. Here are some of the latest uncanny valley examples from musicland:…

Is This America?

A beautiful tune by Pat Metheney, Christian McBride, and Antonio Sanchez, from the album Day Trip/Tokyo Day Trip Live