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INTERVAL EXERCISES

Here is a set of interval exercises I wrote out starting from a minor 2nd and going up to a perfect 4th. I wrote out each interval in 4 different directions (up interval/ down line, down interval/ down line, up … Continue reading

30. June 2013 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 3

Part 3 of the series of ear training exercises. In this exercise, you approach each chord tone from a half step below. Now this part of the series of exercises is a bit more difficult because the approach tones are … Continue reading

28. October 2012 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 2

Here’s the next part of the ear training exercise I began in the last post. In this exercise, you approach each chord tone from a scale step above… CHORD TONE EXERCISE PT. 2 CHORD TONE EXERCISE PT. 2 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION … Continue reading

27. October 2012 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 1

Today’s jazz musician has to deal with a peculiar situation. Opportunities to develop under the tutelage of a battle tested mentor or in a stable working band are few. At the same time, there is a staggering amount of educational … Continue reading

28. September 2012 by james
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MAJOR/ MINOR BEBOP SCALE PATTERNS

Here are some arpeggio and intervallic patterns based on the major and minor bebop scales each pattern cycles through all twelve keys… OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW

05. June 2010 by james
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INTERVAL MATRIX EXCERPT

As requested by a reader, here is another excerpt from my yet to be published book of exercises, INTERVAL MATRIX. i won’t go into much detail since i previously posted information about it HERE. below is the chapter on perfect … Continue reading

15. May 2010 by james
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“ODD” METER PATTERNS

I was playing a gig last night with a friend of mine, Ray along with drummer, Sonosuke- two saxes and drums, a challenging situation but fun nonetheless. we had a great time playing through some of Ray’s original material and … Continue reading

15. April 2010 by james
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KILLING TIME…

A little something for your hand-eye coordination…

06. February 2010 by james
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CYCLIC PATTERNS

Here are some some exercises that are built around cyclic patterns. i enjoy working on material like this because it allows me to concentrate on a specific set of movements without pause. like the exercises in the previous post, i … Continue reading

02. February 2010 by james
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MORE PATTERNS

Here are a few exercises for building finger strength and evenness. when playing these on the saxophone i concentrate on a couple of things in particular: i rest my fingers against the keys of the horn and try to change … Continue reading

30. January 2010 by james
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MISSING POSTS

  PRACTICE PORTAL is more or less back to normal. i’m still in the process of restoring the MP3 files. that will take some time for editing… in the switch to a new host for this site, several of the … Continue reading

28. December 2009 by james
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PATTERNS

Here are several patterns over 2-5 progressions in minor. these were extracted from pianist Hod O’Brien’s solo that is featured in the previous post. keep in mind that these patterns can be applied to other progressions, they can be adjusted … Continue reading

26. December 2009 by james
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VARIOUS PATTERNS

Patterns that occur in nature can be quite beautiful, as can patterns that seem to materialize naturally out of an improvisation. Joe Henderson immediately comes to mind as an improviser who had an incredible ability to weave patterns into his … Continue reading

26. December 2009 by james
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MORE PATTERNS

Here are a few more patterns for practice. i wrote them out at 2 in the morning while watching the NBA all-star game (Dwight Howard should’ve won the slam dunk contest with that insane banger on a 12 FOOT RIM. … Continue reading

26. December 2009 by james
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PATTERNS PT. 2

Here are a few more patterns based on the Melodic Minor Bebop Scale… OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW

26. December 2009 by james
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