Get creative and focused in a short amount of practice time.
Practicing for chord tones, common tones, intervals, relevant, scales, and motivic ideas.
Zoom in (and out) on a sliver of a song to address important technical limitations.
Practicing this way—even for a chorus—always leads me to something I can use to shed technical details.
It’s much more than just how many notes occur between two beats. Incorporate this each time you practice and you will see massive improvements to your timing accuracy, time feel, and rhythmic ideas when improvising.
How do you get that sound that’s kind of articulated, kind of not? The one you hear in so much bebop?
I shot this mid-practice session to show you exactly how I use SSS at 60 to iron out a problem.
This exercise opens up tons of options as an improviser. It helps break you out of a scale-based, or stepwise sound.
What’s the best way to hold the soprano so it plays easy (yeah, right!) but doesn’t kill your right arm/hand?
Improvising over one chord—or a few that repeat—is more difficult than you might think.