The Art of Jazz Improvisation-Communication

I was browsing the internet this morning when I happened upon these two amazing videos below.  It struck me that as teachers and students, we are so often teaching jazz improvisation in a one dimensional realm.  We talk about scales, licks, chords and patterns. We go home and practice by ourselves with our play along tracks Read More…

My “Secret” List of the Funkiest Minor Tunes to Practice to……..

Today, I’m going to share my “secret” list of funk tunes that I have been practicing to for a few years now.  These are tunes that I bought on iTunes because I was sick of the generic Jamey Aebersold tracks that we all practice to.   I spent many hours one week going through iTunes Read More…

Free Video Lesson on Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale and Language Book 1 & 2

I decided to offer a free video lesson on my book “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale and Language Book 1 & 2” for everyone. I have sold many of these books over the years and really want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of them that they can.  You can consider this Read More…

Amazing Jazz Saxophone Masterclass by Dave Liebman

This is a Dave Liebman masterclass from 2/7/15 in Nashville at the studio of Jeff Coffin.   I’m watching it right now as I post this but am so amazed at how deep and insightful this is that I feel I have to post it immediately.   I’m at the 60 minute mark and have to Read More…

New Release-Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2

I just finished a brand new Neffmusic book that I am very excited about.  I’ve been working on this off and on over the last seven years and more intensely over the last eight months. In the years following my release of “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale”, I decided that a “Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2” Read More…

The #1 Thing You Need to Do To Become a Great Improviser

I’m seeing a trend in adult  students that I have taught over the last 10 years and wanted to write about it.  The #1 thing that most students young and old want to improve is their ability to improvise well.   Many times, I ask the students what their practice routine is like and I get answers Read More…

Why is Learning Jazz Patterns Foreign to Me?

I received this question in an email the other day and I thought it would be good to try to answer it in detail on the blog here so others can benefit from it: Question: Steve, I have always listened to jazz, but I tend to favor simpler, lyrical playing like Houston Person, Gene Ammons, Read More…

Free Video Lesson on Approach Note Velocity Book

I decided to offer a free video lesson on my book “Approach Note Velocity Volume 1 & 2” for everyone. I have sold many of these books over the years and really want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of them that they can.  You can consider this an  “overview” lesson on Read More…

Seamus Blake “Blues Up and Down” Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here’s a great solo transcription from one of my favorite players, Seamus Blake.  This is a fast blues called “Blues Up and Down” and is from an obscure CD entitled “Sax Summit”.   I say obscure because I am probably one of the biggest fans and followers of jazz saxophone recordings and I had never heard of it before Read More…

Donny McCaslin Blues Solo in 6ths Tenor Sax Transcription

Here’s another solo transcriptions I started working on yesterday. This is from a clinic recording of Donny McCaslin demonstrating using sixth intervals while improvising over a standard blues on the tenor saxophone.  I have no idea what this is from or even where I got it but it must have been on the internet somewhere.  I tried Read More…

David Mann’s Tenor Saxophone Solo-Sun Down Transcription

Here’s another great David Mann transcription from a Bb Blues that was sent to me from Igor Tomanoski.  This is a solo that Dave played on the tune Sun Down.  I made a few minor additions and changes to the transcription of some notes and rhythms I heard.  This solo is another great example of Read More…

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