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Jazz Deck

static.squarespace So I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine the other day, who is also a great guitar player, about music and music theory. He showed me a deck of cards. At first glance, they looked like UNO cards. (Those Draw 4's have ruined many friendships... HA HA HA) He went on to explain that the cards were called the "Jazz Deck". In a nutshell, the card has a specific chord on it and it tells you what you can play, what would sound better, and what is related to it depending on the musical context and situation. What is interesting about the Jazz Deck is that is was created and developed by a trumpet player. Trumpet players as well as other single line instruments cannot play chords like a piano or any other polyphonic instrument because they are single line instruments. However, single line instruments (or monophonic instruments) spell out chords as lines so this is like a tutorial in linear harmony. This is helpful for horns and chordal instruments and user-friendly for the beginner to the advanced musician. The Jazz Deck even covers modes!! Keep in mind that with all of this information, you must have an imagination to take the concept of what is given farther or else you will not experience the full capability of what the Jazz Deck can do. I believe that the Jazz Deck is a great beginning to developing jazz vocabulary. You can check it out and order it at this website: http://www.jazzdeck.com

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My Library

I love to read. I read because it appeals to my imagination and it feeds my mind. I love learning and experimenting with ideas and concepts musically. Here are some books to check out that can help in one's musical development! The+Musician's+Way-+A+Guide+to+Practice,+Performance,+and+Wellness+[Hardcover]+_0195343123_400

This book by Gerald Klickstein is a book that covers everything from how to practice to preventing injury to even the psyche of the musician. I shored up my practice habits reading this book. It reinforced practice habits that I had learned as a child. "The Musician's Way" is a great read!! You can follow him on Twitter @klickstein. He also has a website: http://www.musiciansway.com. The book is available in major bookstores and available for Kindle and iBooks.

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"The Practice of Practice" is an awesome book to have. The author, Jonathan Harnum brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom in the art of practicing. There are definitely many eye-opening revelations in this book. He gets into the minds of many great musicians and the concepts that are revealed are astounding. This book is available at Amazon.com and is available for Kindle. Jonathan Harnum's website is http://thepracticeofpractice.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @PracticeTactics.

These are two of many books that I have in my library. There are more books that I would love to share. If this is helpful to you, please let me know!! Enjoy!!