Recently, I sent out the “C Jam Blues” post to my students. One responded, “Well, what about learning rhythms? I can play the notes just fine, but can’t hear the rhythms.” To address this problem, I wanted to borrow another concept from Fluent Forever. In the book, Wyner discusses how language learners have a hard time distinguishing between […]
About Leah Pogwizd
Jazz Bassist and Instructor
On Sunday, May 22nd, I will be hosting a jam session for Jazz Night School students. To help students prepare, I’m creating a series about how to memorize eight, beginner-level jazz tunes. Like “C Jam Blues,” “Bag’s Groove” (YouTube) is another simple blues head. Recorded by trumpeter Miles Davis, the tune was composed by vibraphonist Milt […]
On Sunday, May 22nd, I will be hosting a jam session for Jazz Night School students. To help students prepare, I’m creating a series about how to memorize eight, beginner-level jazz tunes. “C Jam Blues” is an incredibly simple blues head written by Duke Ellington (YouTube). While the tune is almost always played in the key […]
The Jazz Fluency Challenge is designed to help musicians learn the “language” of jazz (notes, chords, tunes, etc.) efficiently and effectively. Using the free Spaced Repetition System (SRS) Anki, learners create their own flashcards to build associations. The software automatically creates a daily study schedule to optimize memory. To participate in the project, download the PDF of instructions […]
The first of (hopefully) many, “Jazz Bass Superheroes” is a series of web comics to introduce you to the key history and key figures in jazz bass. Today’s superhero is one of my primary musical icons, Charles Mingus.
Coltrane had to practice 10+ hours a day to produce countless, highly complex musical ideas. However, in just a few minutes a day, you can learn to “converse” with other musicians using a choice few, simpler ones.
I created the first of (hopefully) many supplemental videos for the “Gig-Ready Jazz Bassist” practice guides on practicing 2-finger pizzicato on electric bass. I’m hoping to develop the video production/editing skills to create longer videos for online courses covering the material more in-depth.
I mentioned to a colleague that I was putting together a practice guide on sound production and his first questions was, “Are you going to talk about amp sounds?” I had forgotten just how much I struggled with amplification as a beginning jazz bassist. The two most common amp problems are: 1) even at full-volume, your […]