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Aimee is quickly becoming a highly sought after educator in the jazz community, since launching her YouTube channel, Aimee Nolte Music.
From my vacation spot in Watsonville, CA where we have a fun little lesson about how to sing the dominant chords on the bridge of Rhythm Changes, using the bebop scale.
Part of being a good musician is recognizing all the parts of music; every component that goes into making what we love. Rhythm is a huge part of that. Practicing drumming exercises is one of my favorite ways to expand the musician inside of me and I'd like to share some of my favorites with you!
The very talented, and classically-trained Brenda Martin (professor at Point Loma) and I sat down in her San Diego studio to have a lesson recently. The first half of the lesson was spent, discussing many facets of the blues. I decided (with Brenda's permission, of course) to share it with you!
Using one of the most lyrically-challenging songs I can think of, The Waters Of March (Aguas De Marco) I show you the visualization technique I use to memorize difficult lyrics. I also issue a challenge for rhythm section players and animators to submit themselves playing over my singing. MP3 and PDF for rhythm section players can be found in this page.
My (Not So) Top Secret (Anymore) Practice Method: Point & Sing - Singers AND instrumentalists: I don't want you to sound like a robot when you improvise. Let's get you sounding like a thoughtful, feeling person, who can hear their way through changes without having to memorize patterns. I want to make HONEST musicians out of you. Point & Sing is the best way I know of to accomplish that! If you'd like to support me, you can do so at this link: https://www.paypal.me/AimN
Sometimes I like to limit myself in my practice. Here is an example about how only practicing triplets can expand your thinking and your hearing and your plane.
See also: There Will Never Be Another You (Bebop With Limits). If you would like to support me, you may do so here: https://PayPal.me/AimN
Hearing your way though changes on tough tunes is a real challenge, but is an integral part of developing your musicianship. Let's look at some tricks that can be used to help you hear those shifts in tonality and improve your improvising and raise your ear training to a new level.
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