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Oh my, they want me to solo: Super Simple and Effective Strategy!

Called to solo and feel cold sweat coming on? Wrestling with a million thoughts in your mind and feeling like you have to now play a million notes to impress

How to Send Tension Packing… And Play More Relaxed

Last week I was talking about the importance of sending tension packing so creativity and flow can move your way instead. Here are a few general tips and checkpoints for

The Number 1 Enemy of Creativity, Timing and Tone

I used to believe that peak creativity is just happening to us in rare, lucky moments and that the best we can do is pray to the muses. Over time

This Talking Technique Hit Home: “Burps”

This particular Talking Technique Episode got a lot of views, thumbs up and shares. You can find three gems in it: phrasing straight versus “swung” – even if you just

What you need to know about “Diminished”

The thing with the word “diminished” is, it is used in so many different contexts it can really throw one for a loop: scale? triad? four note chord? or just

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: First Inversion

Last week’s blog post talked about interval inversions. But not only can intervals be inverted – chords also can! How? The same way – just take the lowest note and

In the News (and at The Empress)

Collaborating! One of the most rewarding activities as a musician – is collaborating! Creating, together, something from nothing, sharing a vision, doing the work, the practicing, the promoting, the charts,

Turned Around on Inversions?

Inversions often cause some confusion, so here is a breakdown. Several music theory items can be inverted. Let’s start here with… Interval Inversions Intervals can ascend or descend. If you

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