How do you practice jazz? Are you a noodler? I am.
When I work on jazz improvisation, I mostly noodle, running through several tunes aimlessly with a play-along track: “There Will Never Be Another You,” “Joy Spring,” “I’ll Close My Eyes,” etc. It’s fun, but there’s no focus, and I tend not to get much better this way.
Noodling is not a very efficient use of practice time, and it needs to go. [Read more…]