First, I have a question for you.
Is it important that you progress as a musician? As an improviser? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to advance your playing? Yes? Awesome, then it's good that you're here.
If you’re not seeing the progress you want with your playing… If you ever feel like you're getting your butt kicked by jazz and you're overwhelmed by all there is to practice… Or if you’re confused by all the conflicting information about playing jazz, practicing jazz, improvising, ear-training, etc... Don't worry. You're not alone. In fact, jazz is a serious struggle for most cats that take it on. It's easy to hit plateaus and get stuck with your playing.
LearnJazzFaster.com exists to help cats like you get unstuck and get out of musical ruts so you can start making consistent, predictable progress as a player and so you start playing the music that YOU hear, that comes from YOUR imagination. So if you already know the basics of your instrument and just a bit about jazz improvisation — and you're ready and willing to do what it takes to get to the next level — then you’re in the right place.
How LearnJazzFaster Can Help You get good at jazz:
I'm a firm believer that jazz musicians MUST be excellent self-learners. Meaning they MUST be good at learning jazz. They must know how to get better each day. And that's exactly what we focus on at LearnJazzFaster.com
But with the unbelievable amount of information available to up-and-coming jazzers it's hard to know where to even start, what to practice or how to do it. That’s where LearnJazzFaster.com comes in. LearnJazzFaster.com has grown into one of the most popular online sources for jazz education for one simple reason: Everything we publish is created with the sole purpose of helping you get better at the process of learning at jazz. Once you know how the process works you're in control of your own musical destiny. You get to decide how far to take your playing.
About Chris Cooke
LearnJazzFaster was founded in 2008 by Chris Cooke, a jazz musician, writer, educator, self-development junkie and expert on jazz practice skills, techniques & strategies. Chris specializes in providing jazz musicians of all levels the tools and techniques they need to take their music to the next level, the tools they need to advance. During his own musical journey he discovered that there is was overwhelming amount of information about learning jazz, available to the serious student. Too much to cover in 5+ lifetimes. He realized that students didn't need more stuff to practice! They need to know how to deal with all the stuff that's already there! And how to practice in way that actually gets them sounding better on the bandstand. Which is really what it's all about. So, since August of 2009, Chris has been building LearnJazzFaster.com and teaching jazz musicians how to get good at jazz by using tried and true principles & techniques for learning, practicing and advancing as a jazz musician. Chris currently lives in Cambridge, MA with his lovely wife Betsy.
About Joel Yennior
Joel Yennior and Chris Cooke have been friends and band mates since 2002. Joel first partnered with Chris to create 'Playing The Changes' in 2012 and joined LearnJazzFaster as Director of Music Education in 2014.
Joel is a trombonist, composer, and educator currently residing in the greater Boston area.
As a trombonist, Joel has performed and/or recorded with an array of notables including Bennie Maupin, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Antonio Sanchez, Ran Blake, Mulatu Astatke, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Mahmoud Ahmed, John Tchicai, the Spinners, Robert Goulet, the Boston Brass All-Stars, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
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