Make It FEEL Good: Do This to Get Better at Keeping Your Place and Landing Your Phrases in the Pocket
Pat Metheny and Eric Clapton have it. Charlie Parker did, too. Regardless of where you are on your journey as an improviser, understanding this feel will make you sound better. Quickly. This simple exercise will help.
Listening Lab: Using Straight 8th Notes to Make Your Lines Swing Hard (Ryan Kisor’s solo on “I Think My Wife Is A Hat”)
You know those medium swing tempos where it’s somehow so difficult to get your 8th notes to swing? This solo offers an ideal example of one solution.
Looping short phrases slowly and repeatedly can make any difficult passage less daunting. You might even lull yourself into a “flow” state.
Ever feel like you’re just not “putting it all together”? This exercise will help you get away from thinking note to note, chord to chord, and instead focus on a phrase, delivered with style.
There’s more to “60 bpm” than just a metronome setting. Use this important technique to open new levels of accuracy and rhythmic control in your improvisation.