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5 Note Voicings

Last year I challenged myself to get rid of all of the concepts in my playing that I didn’t really care for but had been playing out of habit. This became a much larger task than I had anticipated. One of the first things to go was a handful of crappy voicings that I always seemed to default to for no good reason. This left a bit of a whole in my voicing arsenal. I started to scramble for voicing ideas that might seem useful.

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Three Keys to Becoming a Better Player

 by Adam Maness In our search for growth as musicians, we can too often become obsessed with information, sometimes overlooking simple tasks that can get us sounding better with what we already have. Gathering the hippest lines or voicings or rhythms is an enticing...

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Elements of a New Piano Course

Last week, Peter Martin and the Open Studio crew took over the beautiful Sheldon Concert Hall to record a new piano course geared at intermediate players called "Elements of Jazz Piano" (coming Spring 2017). Not only will this be amongst our most visually and...

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Sean Jones Guest Post: New Equipment

New Equipment: When considering new equipment, it's important to consider three key points. Does it sound good? Does the equipment that you're checking out give you the sound and clarity that you're looking for? Is it one dimensional? Does it give you a wide range of...

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