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How Do Professional Musicians Practice?

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We know you have been meaning to practice more. Why else would you be here on this page? Sitting down and actually practicing can seem intimidating...

Achieving Your Musical Goals in the New Year

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As we enter the new year, we tend to think of it as a new beginning, as an opportunity to change, to grow. Almost like a blank canvas, this massive...

How to Practice Music

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No matter which instrument you are trying to master, there are some basic considerations you may want to keep in mind. RHYTHM In order to be...

Soloing over Standards and Jazz Blues with "Functional Harmony”

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1) Play 3rds and 7ths of each chord resolving to 7ths and 3rds of the next chord in the progression. a. Start by playing 3rds and 7ths for one...

Dealing with Artistic Burnout

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Hey Larry, I wanted to message you to ask for some advice. Over the past year and a half, I've been slowly turning away from music. Cody and I...

Tips for a Long-Term Career as a Professional, Working Bassist

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In my experience as a professional bassist, these tips are helpful to keep in mind as you develop in your career. 1. Top-notch, professional...

How to Use a Metronome

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A metronome is a practice tool that produces a steady pulse (or beat) to help musicians play rhythms accurately. The pulses are measured in...

Tempo Markings

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Musical tempo refers to the pacing of a piece and is an essential element of music-making. Historically, tempi were not marked with specific BPM...

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