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  1. Practicing
    Hi, we all know the importance of scales, chords, subtitutions, tensions and all the elements involved in harmony. However rhythm is often seen less relevant. Notes and rhythm are just like subject and verb. To make a phrase, just as in spoken language we need both. These are some ideas that I...
  2. Learning
    Hey everyone! Hope you're all good! I've just started this new series of videos on my teaching website. It's all about how to help your child improve their sense of rhythm with some basic movement exercises. Although these videos are aimed at parents, the exercises are useful at any level to...
  3. Practicing
    Please check out the exercise in this Youtube link:
  4. Jazz and Improvisation
    This one is lighter on theory! Most jazz educational resources aimed at beginners start with theory, chords symbols, modes, patterns, and licks. If you like that approach, this article isn't for you. I work with lots of students, amateur musicians, and educators who are overwhelmed and confused...
  5. Jazz and Improvisation
    This summer, I am a counselor at Stanford Jazz Camp at Stanford University. While here, I went to a masterclass with the great Clarinetist/Saxophonist Anat Cohen. She brought up something I have forgotten for a little while, which is to remember to swing often requires remembering to play...
  6. Tips and Techniques
    Here's a short lesson on how to practice hearing and feeling triplets grouped in 4's. There's a free PDF and detailed outline on my blog here: http://mattotto.org/lesson-80-triplets-grouped-in-4/ and a video here:
  7. Practicing
    Vol.2 of the Drum and Bass, Roots and Rhythm "play along" CD which we designed for both practicing and teaching is finally finished. Vol. 1 has been well recieved and we thought a new one in 7/4 would be a nice addition. I've been using Drones and Pedals along with a metronome for years but...
  8. Jazz and Improvisation
    I have a pretty decent aural sense of rhythm but once I try writing out anything its shameful. How can I practice this?
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