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Basic Training

  • The Jazz Saxophonist: Two Methods of Embouchure Formation for Developing a Great Tone

    Jazzed Magazine | January 12, 2017Without correct embouchure, a saxophonist’s tone, intonation, response, musical expressiveness, and performance enjoyment will be severely hindered. Read More...
  • What was Minstrelsy?

    Jazzed Magazine | September 6, 2016Anyone who has ever taken a course in jazz history has come across this fascinating topic, along with dance music referred to as “cakewalk.” Read More...
  • Three-Horn Writing for the Jazz Sextet

    Jazzed Magazine | April 8, 2016by Pete McGuinness The three-horn front line in jazz small groups has had many historical triumphs. Famous groups such as the many Art Blakey Jazz Messengers, Benny Golson and The Jazztet, and the Horace Silver “Cape Verdean Blues” LP ensemble come to mind. The various composer-arrangers of these and other important sextets found ways of […] Read More...
  • Dominant Chords: Improvisational Dominance

    Jazzed Magazine | February 5, 2015Several approaches to dominant chords in improvisation. Read More...
  • Basic Training: The Pentatonic Scale

    Jazzed Magazine | December 3, 2014Pentatonic Scale Use for Vocalists Read More...
  • A Process to Jazz Improvisation

    Jazzed Magazine | October 24, 2014How do we go about becoming spontaneous improvisers? Read More...
  • Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III

    Jazzed Magazine | January 6, 2014Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part III Read More...
  • Using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Part II

    Jazzed Magazine | December 17, 2013Continuing our look at using Tone Rows in Jazz Composition Read More...
  • Rhythmic Analysis: Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – ‘Housed From Edward’

    Jazzed Magazine | March 28, 2012Analyzing various rhythmic devices can generate various compositional and arranging ideas. Read More...
  • Latin Music – A Primer

    Jazzed Magazine | January 9, 2012Anyone who loves music, studies it and plays it for a living knows there are no shortcuts to learn. Only life-long commitment and lots of practice to get better. If you are new to Latin music, you probably have already discovered that there are a number of differences when it comes down to how this music is “felt” as well as played. Read More...
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