100 Ideas to improve your Jazz

1. Transcribe your first solo 2. Learn one tune straight from the record 3. Practice at least 30 minutes daily 4. Learn a tune in all keys 5. Read a biography of a famous jazz musician 6. Learn basic piano voicings 7. Write your first tune 8. Learn a ii V line in all keys 9. Learn a simple blues head in all keys 10. Visualize every night before you go to bed\z 11. Master all your intervals 12. Learn to play in 3 13. Play well over “Cherokee“ 14. Learn to stay focused while you practice 15. Transcribe a solo of someone who doesn’t play your instrument 16. Commit to 15 minutes of daily ear training 17. Practice at least an hour daily 18. Find a new favorite musician on your instrument 19. Do something athletic everyday 20. Read Thinking in Jazz by Paul Berliner 21. Replace the stupid videos you watch on youtube with classic jazz recordings 22. Learn a chorus of a transcribed solo in all keys 23. Seek out new music everyday 24. Learn a bebop head like “Confirmation” in all keys 25. Play duo with a drummer 26. Listen to classical music 27. Work out simple melodies like ‘Happy Birthday” on your horn by ear 28. Master the key of F# major 29. Learn how to hear and sing bass lines 30. Transcribe a solo over Rhythm Changes 31. Work on your articulation 32. Visualize a tune you’re working on every night before you go to bed 33. Write a tune over a blues 34. Learn your first ballad 35. Delve into the music of Monk 36. Play with people below your level 37. Understand the progression in “Giant Steps“ 38. Learn how to play over half-diminished chords 39. Hear and sing the third of a major chord 40. Practice with a metronome on beats 2 and 4 41. Sing a blues solo instead of playing it 42. Learn basic guitar voicings 43. Transcribe a solo over a Blues 44. Work on your tone 45. Listen to and study a twelve tone composition

Know what the #11 sounds like on a major chord 47. Play with just a bass player 54. Learn a iii Vi ii V turnaround line in all keys 52. Practice at least 2 hours daily 73. Learn how to use Finale or Sibelius 85. Play with non-jazz musicians 84. Take a lesson with your favorite living musician 80. Throw your real book in the trash 63. Learn to hear the rhythm section in your head. Be able to identify all of Beethoven’s symphonies 90. Watch Glenn Gould videos on youtube . Get your first gig 65. Be regimented with your time 53. Re-listen to classic recordings you haven’t listened to in a while 71. Practice the Bach Cello Suites 51. Inspire a child to start playing an instrument 69. Visualize a chord progression you’re working on every night before you go to bed 78. Learn basic jazz drumming 72. Pick something to sightread and work on it 56. Find a new favorite musician not on your instrument 59.46. Get a drum practice pad and practice drum rudiments 83. Play with people above your level 89. even when they’re not playing 55. Share a musical concept with a fellow musician 67. Visualize a scale you’re working on every night before you go to bed 93. Reharmonize a standard 66. Record a practice session and kindly critique it 82. Use the latest pop hits for ear training exercises 77. Be flexible with your time 86. Understand how to use melodic minor 70. Learn another language and see how that changes your outlook on jazz improv 60. Learn to play in 5 57. Learn to play in 7 92. Do something not musical everyday 68. Learn how to draw and see how that changes your outlook on jazz improv 49. Go see live jazz 74. Inspire a child to listen to jazz 87. Go see your favorite jazz musician perform 91. Transcribe a Charlie Parker solo 58. Do something artistic that’s not music 76. Listen deeply to Brahms’s symphonies 62. Take chances musically and non-musically 64. Learn an entire transcribed solo in all keys 88. Learn “All The Things You Are” to the point where you’d feel comfortable recording it 48. Master the Key of Db major 61. Learn to find flow through music 79. Look up your favorite musician on youtube 75. Delve into the music of Wayne Shorter 81. Listen to the latest pop hits 50.

Listen to Bill Evans on “Piano Jazz” 99. Practice what you suck at 100. Go to a yoga class 97. Practice 4 hours a day 95. Ask Jazzadvice a question you’ve always been curious about . Watch Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” video (free on Netflix Instant-play) 98. Listen to the Beatles 96.94.