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Rhythmic Dictation

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A great way to develop your musical ear is to practice rhythmic dictation.  Rhythmic dictation is when a rhythm or sound is presented, and you test your listening by writing down the rhythm that you hear in musical notation.  This can be done is many ways:

  • The Clap Test.  You have a friend clap a rhythm and you clap it back to them.  Compare the two sounds.  Did they sound alike?  Did they sound similar?  Write down the rhy...
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Learning Improvisation With Vinyl

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day I was rummaging through the shelves at Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Missouri and I noticed a carboard box tucked away under the section marked "Jazz".  To my suprise, the box was full of Play Along Records!  Luckily I picked up a Miles Davis play along.  It is Volume 7 of A New Approach to Jazz Improvisation For All Instruments by Jamey Aebbersold.  Included on the list of songs are Four, Solar, and Milestones.  I was very excited and could ...

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Upcoming Show with Kabomba

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

This Saturday, December 14 I will be playing with Kabomba at the MARC in San Marcos, Texas.  We will be playing with Henry and the Invisibles.  This is a free show, and all are welcome!  This will be my last gig with Kabomba! before I head to St. Louis for the winter.  I will be playing more with Kabomba during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.