Vonnegut: Honor the Ways You Suck

Kurt Vonnegut When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of ‘getting to know you,’ questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told…

Analysis of Lennon’s “Imagine”

I’m really enjoying Jake Lizzio’s offerings on YouTube. He’s also got a Patreon page. Here’s his excellent analysis of John Lennon’s Imagine.

The SECRET To Efficient Practicing 

Some great stuff in here on different types of practice, structuring your time, and words of wisdom, like this gem: “Practicing technique is like polishing a water faucet. It doesn’t make the water taste better or make it any more pure.” Pat Metheney Though Beato uses guitar playing to illustrate these ideas, you can absolutely…

Drum Genius? Jazz Beats

Playing with backing tracks is usually more fun than playing with a metronome. Not always more helpful, but nearly always more fun. I use iTabla Pro, Brazilian Drum Machine, Afro-Latin Drum Machine, and Djembe Studio pretty regularly. I just downloaded the latest rhthm backing track/metronome DrumGenius and love it. Not only does it have a…

Improvise With These Beautiful Scale Patterns

For Bb instruments (trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax), you’re a whole step higher than the piano, so your notes, if you want to play along are the C# minor pentatonic: If you play alto sax, you’ll need to play the Ab minor pentatonic scale to play along: