On modes: modal backing tracks for the modes of C major

Learning modes When learning any new musical concept I like to “explore” the possible sounds seemingly ad infinitum until they become part of my musical vocabulary. Until I can’t help…

Five ways to make your practice routine more effective.

1. Make a routine. Don’t just practice “whatever” or prepare for gigs. This can be part of your practice routine but also come up with some skills to learn or…

On Practicing: Creating an effective practice routine through incremental change

In this series I will discuss strategies to create an effective practice routine. Creating and sticking to an effective practice routine helps students at any level – from the beginning…