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Find Balance (Jazz Organ Project 65/250)

We are in the month of Libra. As a Libra myself, I like for my life to be balanced. What about balance within a musical career? Balance is multi-faceted for me. I try to find a decent balance between playing … Continue reading

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Find Your Superpower (Jazz Organ Project 64/250)

There are many people out there who play the same instrument as you. How do you distinguish yourself? Maybe you can’t play bass as fancy as Victor Wooten, but you can lay down a solid, supportive groove, and your smile … Continue reading

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October News

I’m ramping things down a bit as NC Arts in Action becomes busy, and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer approaches. I do have a few great things to share for October: A great acoustic blugrass/jazz set from the Hollow Rock … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things I Learned From My Bad Gig (Jazz Organ Project 63/250)

I’ve found that I learned a lot from doing gigs that don’t go well. Bad gigs are an incredibly great source of information. 10 valuable lessons I learned from what went wrong at a recent gig: 1. I’m thrilled when … Continue reading

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Keep Doing The Reps (Jazz Organ Project 62/250)

After a while, you will get tired of doing ‘reps’ on your instrument. You will get sick of it. You’ll feel like you would rather take a nap. People will tell you that you are wasting your time practicing the … Continue reading

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Organ Bass Lines – Learn Jazz Organ Part 4 (Jazz Organ Project 61/250)

Here are a few rules for constructing strong logical walking bass lines that you will play with your left hand. First, a few Hammond organ basics: 1. Your left hand will play bass on the lower manual (keyboard) of the … Continue reading

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Finger Independence – Learn Jazz Organ Part 3 (Jazz Organ Project 60/250)

If you come to the jazz organ from a non-keyboard background (I came from playing bass), you will likely need to work on finger independence. I’ll recommend four great books for you. As you work through these books, realize that … Continue reading

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September News

Dot Combo rides again at Hot Tin Roof in Hillsborough! This is the very same group that played every Monday night for four years at the old Blue Note Grill in Durham. My trio plays this month at Irregardless Cafe, … Continue reading

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Blues Comping – Learn Jazz Organ Part 2 (Jazz Organ Project 59/250)

Here’s a blues comping pattern vaguely in the style of 1950’s Jimmy Smith. Be able play this pattern at a medium tempo over a I-IV-V blues, in every key. It’s a great pattern for a jazz or blues jam session. … Continue reading

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Tim Luntzel

Musician Tim Luntzel passed away this week. He was a phenomenal bass player who chose to serve music rather than showcase his virtuosity. I remember seeing him play at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. It was the release party for … Continue reading

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