Category Archives: The Five-Year Jazz Organ Project

A 250-post project to document my progress over five years from where I am in January 2016 to jazz organ excellence in January 2021.

Just Watch (Jazz Organ Project 49/250)

It’s important to observe master musicians live and in person. You’ll learn things that are somehow impossible to latch onto by listening to recordings or watching videos. I remember seeing Ron Carter play live for the first time in around … Continue reading

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Use A Timer (Jazz Organ Project 48/250)

I procrastinate and get distracted very easily when I am faced with doing things that I kind of don’t want to do. Timing myself keeps me focused and helps me accomplish things quickly. I challenge myself by using the countdown … Continue reading

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Old School Listening (Jazz Organ Project 47/250)

When I was a freshman in college, I bought jazz albums on vinyl. Not because vinyl was trendy, but because it was the least expensive way to get music. Jamey Aebersold published a pulp mail-order catalog, and I’d get records … Continue reading

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Acheive Your Goal (Jazz Organ Project 46/250)

Some people never get started on achieving their dreams in music. It’s frustrating to hear people talk about wanting to have a band, but they get around to starting it. Here’s a little motivation: 1. Start a band now. Go … Continue reading

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Practicing Random Things (Jazz Organ Project 45/250)

(Photo of me fixing my keyboard) Since February, I’ve been trying to focus on one thing at a time. I practiced one thing until I could totally kill it. Now the pendulum is swinging the other direction and I feel … Continue reading

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Kobiyashi Maru (Jazz Organ Project 44/250)

(Illustration: enterprisedavid) The Kobiyashi Maru is the name of a training exercise from the movie Star Trek II where an officer trainee is put into a situation where they can’t win.  The point of the exercise is to find out … Continue reading

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Let’s Compromise (Jazz Organ Project 43/250)

(Thanks to Jennifer Terrazi-Scully for helping with this post.) I love playing the organ in a trio with electric guitar and drums. But organ trios often have sound issues when they perform live. The Hammond organ (and digital clones) can … Continue reading

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New Routines (Jazz Organ Project 42/250)

(Photo credit: NourishingMeals.com) I’ve found a good routine that I’m enjoying. I’ve stuck to it for a few months now and still look forward to doing it: 1. 5-minute journal every morning. Sometimes on a phone app, and sometimes in … Continue reading

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Four New Videos (Jazz Organ Project 41/250)

Thanks to Nic Beery of Beery Media for producing these awesome videos.

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Emotional Detachment (Jazz Organ Project 40/250)

I had a Skype lesson this week with a great organist Brian Charette http://www.briancharette.com/. He had many great ideas for me and I immediately feel much more confident about my music career. One piece of advice that immediately helped me was … Continue reading

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