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IMPROVISATION SAVVY

The Online Course For Finding and Playing the Music inside of YOU

Hundreds of audio files, over 40 video lessons, dozens of worksheets and eBooks,

with only one goal...

To help you remove the barriers to playing your instrument as you imagine it's possible

Here's a Sample 10-Minute Lesson from the How to Practice MODULE SIX

This lesson is on how to drill down to discover the root cause of a playing problem

I can definitely help you play jazz better

Discover how to get the music that's inside your head flowing out of your instrument.

Learn how to be your better own teacher discoverying the roadblocks that are getting in your way. Then know how to remove them.

Learn cool musical hacks you'll never hear about anywhere else.

Transform your own best musical skills into improvisation you'll be proud to play.

Learn how to enable the music inside to come out of your instrument

"My ear has improved since taking your course and have seen improvement in my improvising. Hope that more aspiring musicians find out about your course. They won't be disappointed." - Jim M.

What you will learn from Improvisation Savvy

GETTING CLEAR ABOUT YOUR CURRENT ABILITIES

The course will start out by helping assess your skills in a number of areas. As I say in the first video lesson, you must know where you are starting from in order to get where you want to go.

MAKING BASIC MUSIC THEORY SIMPLE

Even though this course is based on listening and developing your ear, a certain amount of basic theory will speed up your learning about improvisation.

HOW TO MORE DEEPLY HEAR THE MUSIC

The core of the course will help you connect your musical mind to your instrument in ways you've never experienced. Won't it be nice not to have to rely on your eyes to play jazz?!

SHARPEN YOUR TIME AND RHYTHM

Your sense of time is crucial to playing jazz. Engage in some fun yet powerful exercises to strengthen your sense of time so that you swing and shape your musical personality that will be unique to your sense of rhythm.

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TACTICS YOU'VE NEVER BEFORE BEEN SHOWN

Learn about the most important parts of your solo, how to transcribe, how not to sabotage yourself psychologically, and other necessary aspects of playing better that you have never been taught.

HOW TO PRACTICE EFFECTIVELY

Most musicians do not know how to practice effectively. the final module of Improvisation savvy will give you important tips on getting the most from your practice time.

About Your Instructor Michael Lake

The jazz chops, knowledge, and communication skills to guide you into taking your playing to the next level.

(Whatever level that means for you...)

GRAMMY-NOMINATED

Recognized jazz and latin musician having played with Hank Mobley, Ray Barretto, Nancy Wilson, and many more.

AUTHOR & COMPOSER

Written over a dozen books on jazz, trombone, & skill development. Composer of over 100 pieces of music for chamber groups and electronic orchestra.

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LIFELONG INSTRUCTOR

Passionate teacher and communicator of improvisation, musicality, and personal self-development.

WORLDCLASS MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLER

Founder of the Jazz Master Summit as well as a 30-year producer of commercials, instructional videos, and communication tools.

What's Inside Improvisation Savvy

MODULE ONE

Introduction

In the introduction, I help you think clearly about your musical goals and expectations. A questionnaire and assessment exercise provides a benchmark for beginning the course

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  • What are your personal musical goals?
  • How good is your ear?
  • A conversation about developing your unique musical personality
  • Four video lessons

MODULE THREE

Hearing the Music

The core of this course is the strengthening of your ear and its connection to your instrument. These lessons help you identify and eliminate internal chatter and reliance on analytical thinking that is getting in the way of your music. It really is!

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  • What does it really mean to hear?
  • How to quiet your left brain chatter
  • Assessing and strengthening your note & pattern matching skills and harmonic anticipation
  • Putting the power of habit to use
  • 8 video lessons

MODULE FIVE

Tools, Tips and Tactics

As with any complex skill, there are physical and mental shortcuts for practicing and playing more effectively. Here, we identify and work on several that will improve your playing.

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  • The proper use of anchor notes
  • The power of constraint exercises
  • Identifying and isolating problem spots in your improvisation
  • How to most effectively transcribe solos
  • What muscle testing can teach you about your playing
  • 9 video lessons

MODULE TWO

Jazz Theory

An introduction to jazz theory that teaches you to hear the music rather than just see and memorize notes, chords, and scales.

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  • Fundamentals of jazz harmony
  • The good, bad and ugly of learning chords and scales
  • The true value of the circle of fifths
  • Basic non-piano player comping
  • Eight video lessons

MODULE FOUR

Time And Rhythm

An innate sense of rhythm is indispensable for a jazz player or for any musician. Believe it or not, your ability to keep the pulse of the music is more important than accurately choosing the 'right' notes.

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  • You'll assess the strength of your time
  • Strengthening metronomic rhythm
  • Developing your groove rhythm
  • Discovering your phrase rhythm
  • 7 video lessons

MODULE SIX

How To Practice Well

Regardless of the tools and teachers at your disposal, you must be your own teacher, and therefore, know how to most effectively learn to learn and to practice.

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  • How to know what best to work on
  • How much time should you practice and how to find it.
  • Left versus right brain practice
  • Practicing the way your brain works best
  • 5 video lessons
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Improvisation Savvy

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Here's everything you get...

IMPROVISATION SAVVY

MASTER PACKAGE

(Not available separately)

The complete video library
$400 $297

Over 40 videos produced for maximum learning. These short powerful multimedia pieces will hold your attention so that you can enjoy learning and get the most out of your time. 

$400 $297
Companion eBooks
$220 $150

A total of 30 worksheets and eBooks provide important visual tools and exercises to help you learn and to practice much better.

$220 $150
Hundreds of audio files
$220 $150

This course is filled with lots of interesting audio files. You'll get cool rhythm tracks to practice your improvisation, a variety of tracks crafted for the many exercises you'll see in the PDFs, and standard tracks for applying what you are learning.

$220 $150
Two awesome eBooks
$60 FREE

I want you to have these two books I created with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach. Lieb's The Art of Skill and Richie's A Framework for Jazz Mastery will give you a LOT to think about.

$60 FREE

$597

A $900 value!

A FEW WORDS FROM STUDENTS OF MY METHODS

Envoyé M.

"What a pleasure it is to finally have a method to follow that makes me work on my listening skills (working by ear)."

Charles N.

"I noticed after working on your materials that I am hearing things in music that I didn't hear before. I didn't expect that!"

Marty S.

"I just want to say thanks so much for your teachings. They are crystal clear, practical, and valuable. They are like vitamins."

Sharilynn H.

"What your teaching is doing is increasing my ear to instrument reaction time. This is really exciting for me!"

James P.

"I have to say how impressed I am with your instruction and how much I am enjoying working through it."

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

If after working through it, you don't get results with this course, I'll refund you every penny and wish you the best. And you keep the bonuses.

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