The Ultimate II-V-I Primer

This is the title of a new pdf book that I have written. Basically, it is a step by step introductory approach to learning all your major 7th, minor 7th and dominant 7th chords. I take you through the basics of playing just the roots and then add the 3rds, 5ths, 7ths, 9ths………. The goal Read More…

NeffMusic Lessons: Learning How To Learn!

I’m writing this article to all my Neffmusic members to help them get the most out their lessons at Neffmusic. In order to really get the most out of my lessons there are some skills that you need to develop. These lessons are a bit different than going to a teacher and taking one on Read More…

Lessons with Jerry Bergonzi

If you haven’t seen these yet, here are 16 video lessons from the great Jerry Bergonzi. Jerry is an amazing player who is well known by sax players around the world. Even though I studied with him for a few years off and on, we never really talked about sax stuff, our lessons were all on Read More…

Lesson with George Garzone

Here’s a lesson I found with George Garzone on the artisthousemusic.com site. It’s great hearing George talk about some of these concepts. I took lessons with him my second semester at Berklee and sad to say I had no idea what he was talking about. I should have waited a little bit until I was Read More…

Case For Melodic Improvisation

I found this great article by Brian Kane on his website. I really enjoyed reading it. As a teacher I am always trying to figure out the best ways to teach my students improvisational concepts. Brian does a great job communicating his philosophy in this article. Check it out…….I haven’t checked out his books yet. Read More…

Kenny Werner Masterclass

This is a great masterclass by Kenny Werner. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Werner’s since I read his book “EZffortless Mastery” a number of years ago. I love his mindset of letting go of the fear and distraction that can attack us when we perform. So often when I was younger, I would be Read More…

Practicing With Focus

One of my biggest weaknesses when I was a kid was practicing without a specific focus. I wanted to do it all, play everything, be the best. I wanted results now. I would spend endless hours in the practice room practicing everything. My problem was I wasn’t focused. I didn’t set goals. Instead of getting Read More…

A Fresh Approach to Practicing by Greg Fishman

I recently bought two of Greg Fishman’s books and am waiting for them to arrive as I write this. Greg sent me this article and I thought it was a great one so I’m posting it here. I’ll let you know what I think of Greg’s books after I get them and play through them. Read More…

Free Jazz Handbook!

Jamey Aebersold has a free jazz handbook available at the link below for download. This has been around for years. I remember seeing it when I was a teenager. It has a whole lot of info in it and is a great resource for and beginning jazz student. Every student who is serious about jazz Read More…

The Most Important Thing!

The most important thing needed to becoming a great musician is a passion that fuels an intense work ethic. To me this is more important than natural talent by far. I always tell people that I’m not talented at music. They just look at me in dis-belief. Honestly, I feel like I have many talents Read More…

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