Here’s Part One of the video series Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music. Get the course for 50% off!Or, get a copy of the best-selling book.
Category: Music Fundamentals
50% off Audiobook: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music (2 days!)
50% off or FREE for 1st-Time Listeners. Since 2001, one of the most popular books to help you learn to read music. Chapters are short and simple, always friendly and sometimes funny. Get it. Used by the LA Film School, colleges around the US, as well as middle schools, high schools, home schools, and others interested…
What Makes Bach So Great?
Also check out: What Bach and Charlie Parker had in common: (hint: Octave displacement)
Learning Music Like Learning Language: Victor Wooten
ABSOLUTELY! Victor Wooten speaks wisdom. Our approach to teaching music (often sight before sound) is backwards. Listen to Victor! Wooten’s book, The Music Lesson is pretty good, too. Like if Carlos Casteneda learned music from Don Juan instead of magic.
Free Audiobook: How to Read Music
Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music is now in audiobook format!
If you’re new to Audible, you can listen to the book for free.
How to Listen When You Practice: Ted Nash
One of many JLCO’s Jazz Academy videos that I’ll be posting here over the coming months. Great stuff from modern masters. Here, Ted Nash talks about using the piano as a practice tool. Super advice. What Mr. Nash is talking about is covered in The Practice of Practice, in the chapter titled: Drone Power, all about using your ears…
How to Use the Piano to Explore Harmony
Ted Nash of the JLCO gives some superb advice on using the piano to explore harmony.
“Part of practicing is putting yourself in a position where you’re going to discover something new.” – Ted Nash
Check it out.
Top 7 Practice Tips for Absolute Beginners (and everyone else, too)
We all want to get better, which means we’re all on the same path. When you see someone whose music blows you away, the tips below are part of what they did to get there. No matter how impossible it seems, you can do it, too. Follow these 7 guidelines:
How to Practice Trumpet: Trumpet How-To 4th Edition Is #1 New Release on Amazon (+free video lessons)
I’m super excited to announce a new edition of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn. The book is frequently a #1 best-seller in its category, and 2 days after publication it’s the #1 New Release in Trumpets and Cornets on Amazon. Check the link to free video lessons.
Superb Practice Advice from JLCO’s Ted Nash
Trumpeter George Recker used to say, “If you can’t sing it, you can’t play it.” It’s great advice. Here’s some similar great advice about singing and playing a horn, as well as several other great practice suggestions from Ted Nash, one of the great players (they’re all great) in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Blues Inflection in Jazz
Saxophonist Todd Williams guides you through Blues inflections, and performs W.C. Handy’s classic St. Louis Blues to illustrate